RENewsletter | February 19, 2012


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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?


Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan


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Opening Salvo:  “Blinded by the media despite billions from Super PACs”


The Fairness Doctrine died in 1987 and was finally put to rest last August.  Here is a glimpse of our last attempt to have a conversation about critical matters:


“The policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission that became known as the "Fairness Doctrine" is an attempt to ensure that all coverage of controversial issues by a broadcast station be balanced and fair. The FCC took the view, in 1949, that station licensees were "public trustees," and as such had an obligation to afford reasonable opportunity for discussion of contrasting points of view on controversial issues of public importance. The Commission later held that stations were also obligated to actively seek out issues of importance to their community and air programming that addressed those issues. With the deregulation sweep of the Reagan Administration during the 1980s, the Commission dissolved the fairness doctrine.”FAIRNESS DOCTRINE - The Museum of Broadcast Communications


It’s worth resurrecting the doctrine for a moment to ask this: When are we going to have a conversation about Climate Change in our country?  Though our cable channels and Internet sites are flooded with all kinds of media, from the competent to those bordering on the criminally insane, there is almost no place where the majority of US citizens can come together to listen to each other on critical issues.  Instead, there are silos of views spewing out information—with an agenda.  We are being blinded by media incapable of crossing political and ideological boundaries.


That’s too bad because while we wait for a forum where we can talk, we’re going to cook.  Something as basic and as dull potatoes as greenhouse gases warming our atmosphere, something we should all be thinking about, has been turned into something so vitriolic that we won’t even bring it up as we come to a presidential election this fall. Though four years apart and despite billions of dollars poured into the media from Super PACs, this presidential election will have no conversation about the most important issue of this century.  There is no other format any more to discuss this issue at a level where all can hear.


We cannot force the media to address this issue.  We cannot force presidential candidates to answer how they would address Climate Change.  We cannot address Climate Change ourselves, it’s too big. 


We can wait.  And, that seems to be what most are doing.  But waiting is about the worst thing we can do because the problem is one of physics, not politics.  And Climate Change, like time, waits for no one.


If we still had The Fairness Doctrine, I wonder if Climate Change could be forced on the media.  And if so, what would we say to each other?  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.


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ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]