Miranda Spencer

Freelance journalist Miranda C. Spencer is a longtime contributor to Extra!. She is a researcher for Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit news organization.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 9:37am
Natural Gas and the News: Fracking Messages ‘Brought to You by Our Sponsors’
When it comes to natural gas extraction via “fracking,” TV journalism has some serious competition: energy industry commercials. Like ads for political candidates that run concurrently with broadcast news coverage of the presidential race, ads promoting natural gas (and other fossil fuels) have long been running in concert with news segments about the topic, most recently touting the prospect of a “boom” made possible by the controversial extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing of the shale sprawling beneath more than 30 U.S. states.
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Friday, May 6, 2011 - 7:30am
The Unrenewed Debate Over Renewable Energy
When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami shut down cooling systems at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, U.S. government and nuclear industry spin control kicked in, asserting that a similar disaster couldn’t happen here, and that atomic power is here to stay.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 9:13am
The Planet Keeps Warming, But U.S. Media Interest Cools
After the anticlimax of the COP-15 climate-policy negotiations in Copenhagen last year (Extra!, 2/10 )—in which the more than 190 UN-member nations walked away with a non-binding statement of intent cobbled together in secret by the U.S. and a few other wealthy nations—public and press expectations for this year’s COP-16 meeting (11/29–12/10/10) in Cancún, Mexico, were low.
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