May 13 2011

Miranda Spencer on renewable energy, Mike Ervin on Medicaid protests


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This week on CounterSpin: What are renewables and why are media telling us so little about them? With energy prices rising, and a nuclear disaster still unfolding in Japan, it would seem to be the perfect time to talk about renewable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal. But this hasn’t been the case. Independent journalist Miranda Spencer will join us to talk about how the media dismiss alternative forms of energy that are safer, cleaner and cheaper, but apparently still less journalistically viable than petroleum, nuclear and coal.

Also on the show: The arrests of more than a hundred disability rights activists on Capitol Hill protesting Republican plans for Medicaid didn’t meet corporate media’s standards of newsworthiness; but if news is something you haven’t heard, it’s hard to think what better qualifies than the potential impact of proposed budget changes on the millions of Americans with disabilities. We’ll hear more about that from Mike Ervin, Chicago organizer with the disability rights group ADAPT.