Ed. This piece is adapted from a LinkedIn post by Steve Everley, a communications advisor in the field of energy.
A study last month generated some scary headlines about the supposed “health risks” of your gas stove – an appliance that most homeowners prefer (and for good reason).
If you were frightened, take a deep breath. You were misled.
First of all, the headlines that the study generated were alarming. Things like:
“Gas stoves are a threat to health and have larger climate impact than previously known, study shows” (CNN)
“Gas stoves in kitchens pose a risk to public health and the planet, research finds” (Washington Post)
“Stanford scientists find the climate and health impacts of natural gas stoves are greater than previously thought” (official release)
But it gets worse.…
Ed. note: The third part in this series covers IER as a full-time organization, which occurred in 2002, some 13 years after its founding (in 1989). Part I covered the history of the Institute for Humane Studies–Texas, the forerunner to IER. Part II reviewed the formation and early history of IER in Houston, Texas.
Q1. Roger Donway: The last interview explained your dual life as a full-time employee of Enron Corp. and the president of the “think bucket” IER. How did IER emerge full time?
A1. Robert Bradley Jr.: My Enron life ended a day after the company declared bankruptcy on Sunday December 1, 2001. I was part of the mass layoff the next day. Some 4,000 of us were let go where we were told to clear out our desks and leave.
“The news reporters give you public-relations fluff; the editorialists give you facts.”
Noam Chomsky, MIT’s famously anti-American professor of linguistics, used to say to his audiences something like: All my evidence comes from an ultra-Left source—The Wall Street Journal.
Audiences would laugh, but the joke was on them. Students of journalism know well that the Journal’s conservative reputation is based entirely on its editorial page. Its news pages, studies have shown, can tilt further to the Left than even the New York Times or the Washington Post.
Never was that schism more clearly displayed than on December 11, 2020.
A lead news headline screamed that the biggest “Green” companies were becoming larger corporations than the major oil companies. “The New Green Energy Giants Challenging Exxon and BP.”…