Though as haha says, everything is political (or something like that).
Anyway, when I heard this podcast, I thought of this thread. This isn't specifically media
bias, but I detect bias from one guest. I've often said I can tell if someone is distorting the truth, even if I have little/no knowledge of the subject matter, just by the quality of their debate. Some prime examples in here:
Offshore Wind Power: The Promises and the Realities - To the Point on KCRW
Offshore wind is an alternative energy source ... But plans may be delayed by controversy over a project planned for waters off Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.... We hear about green power and global warming, natural beauty and the tourist economy, and what's at stake for America's energy future.
Paraphrasing from memory here (I'm not going to take the time to re-listen and do dictation), but the person arguing against an off-shore wind farm near Cape Cod gives some very twisted arguments. She goes on about how tall these wind turbines are, compares them to buildings in Manhattan, says that the turbines are not proven technology, why not build them on the west coast which has better wind potential, blah, blah, blah.
The pro wind farm person provided what seemed like clear arguments to those points.
1) Yes, the turbines are tall. But they are so far offshore, that they would appear less than 1/2" in height at your outstretched arm (imagine pinching one with your fingers). And it would need to be a very clear day to see them at all. Isn't that a better perspective?
2) Unproven technology? It seems that GE had designed a specific model to match the requirements of a number of these proposed offshore farms, but because of delays in approvals, GE canceled production of that specific model. It's a real stretch to go from a specific model to an entire range of technologies, and there are many similar installations world-wide.
3) West Coast windmills? How convenient, NIMBY? Talk about "unproven technologies". Turns out the west coast drops off sharply, and to get wind farms far out to sea, they would require floating platforms. There are NO floating platform wind installations anywhere. But she doesn't see that as a problem?
Considering that wind turbines can provide power in the night time, when solar is useless, it made me want to personally introduce this opponent to a wind turbine installed where the "sun don't shine".