Miranda Spencer

Freelance journalist Miranda C. Spencer is a long-time FAIR contributor based in Providence, R.I., who writes primarily about the environment, energy and women’s issues.

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Washington Post depiction of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announcing the proposal for a Green New Deal. (Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg News) Views
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Establishment Media and the Green New Deal: New Wine in Old Bottles
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC) and veteran Sen. Ed Markey on February 7 introduced HR 109 , a sweeping mission statement for aggressively tackling climate change by jump-starting an equitable socio-economic transition. While the resolution was a radical departure from...
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The real point of the 925-word story, by Gannett Washington reporter Ledyard King, was conveyed in the print edition’s subhead: “Policies Could Carry Risk for Leaders of New House." (Photo: VALENTIN FLAURAUD, EPA-EFE) Views
Friday, December 07, 2018
Don’t Do Anything About Climate Disaster, USA Today Warns Dems
“Democrats Will Push on Climate Change,” declared the lead story on the front page of the November 27 USA Today . (The online version bore the more verbose headline, “Once Democrats Take Charge of the House, Addressing Climate Change Will Become Top Priority Again.”) You might think the story was...
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Sunday, February 12, 2012
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 06, 2011
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 09, 2011
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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