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What kind of news is NPR?

What kind of news is NPR?

Sustainable Investing

I know I am supposed to feel outrage, but this NPR article didn’t fan much fire.

  • The big #solarfarm that CRS opposed got built anyways.
  • The one they stopped was going to chop down a forest to build a solar farm.

Seems like they did the planet a solid on that one!

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Satellite image of deforestation in progress in eastern Bolivia. Worldwide, 10% of wilderness areas were lost between 1990 and 2015.[1]

The article headline says CRS spreads misinformation but this was the only example:
“The information on Ralston’s website is “extremely misleading and appears designed to be misinformation,” says Meyers of Virginia Tech.

That includes claims that solar projects ruin the land they’re built on. With the right practices, companies can improve local ecosystems, Meyers says, and farming can continue alongside power plants. He also says the group’s warnings about hazardous waste from solar don’t account for the fact that most solar panels aren’t considered toxic and won’t leach material.”

On the leaching, NPR didn’t bother to look at the other side of that argument. Moreover, including the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and how they treat solar panels as toxic waste: https://lnkd.in/gnja-GCj.

Or the case that the panels do eventually leach: https://lnkd.in/g25zJVSN or https://lnkd.in/gRdCKY9C or
These are hardly radical news sites.

As for PVs and farming, lots of literature on how they can indeed coexist. But that wasn’t what the protagonist of the article planned to do.

Per the article he wanted to retire and generate passive income from his land. No mention of regenerative ag.

CRS may indeed be the anti-Christ, but this article doesn’t substantiate that.

I am left with the impression that NPR doesn’t like CRS not because of what it has done. However, but because of who they are. That seems political rather than investigative.

I went on the CRS website (https://lnkd.in/gPwtJC9v) to find their misinformation:

“Rural communities are under attack from big, corporate solar developers (some foreign) who want to build large-scale, industrial solar power plants on agricultural-and forestry-zoned land to take advantage of lower development costs. Solar belongs on rooftops, near highways, commercial, industrial-zoned land, marginal or contaminated areas, not on rural-agricultural land.”

That doesn’t seem all that right wing radical to me. Seems kinda…smart?

But this CRS page does seem misleading to me. https://lnkd.in/gYkakxkN

Those things can happen, but they don’t always happen.

One piece of misinformation by NPR. They claimed a solar farm would generate enough electricity to power 25,000 homes.
That is true, during the day. Unless the plant had storage, it would provide no power at night.
You seldom see an NPR article make that important disclosure.

My disclosure: I think nuclear makes more sense.

How misinformation about solar power hinders the fight against climate change : NPR

Written by Perry Boyle

What kind of news is NPR?

Perry helped lead Point72’s launch as a registered investment advisor, raising over $6.8bn in external capital. He originally joined S.A.C. Capital Advisors in 2004 as the firm’s first Director of Research. In January 2013 he became Head of Equities and, in January 2015, he became Head of Discretionary Investing at Point72. From June 2016 through December 2017 he served as the President and Chief Investment Officer of Stamford Harbor Capital, L.P., a company owned by Steven A. Cohen. He returned to Point72 in January 2018.

Moreover, in his various leadership roles at the firm, Mr. Boyle managed the Long/Short and Macro PMs. He created and led the firm’s professional development programs, including P72 Academy and the 9s Program, and helped drive the Internationalization of the firm, overseeing offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

Prior to joining S.A.C., Mr. Boyle was a Founding Partner of Thomas Weisel Partners, and a Managing Director at Alex. Brown & Sons.

He began his career as an investment banker with Salomon Brothers Inc.

Mr. Boyle received his A.B. in Economics from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from Dartmouth College and he is pursuing a masters degree at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Furthermore, he has lectured on investing at Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Harvard, Cambridge and UNC. And delivered testimony to Congress on financial regulation.

In conclusion, Mr. Boyle is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). And a Director of The US Friends of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Furthermore, he was a 2018 and 2019 delegate from the IISS to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. In addition, he is a Council Member of the Hoover Institution and a Lionel Curtis member of Chatham House. Lastly, Mr. Boyle helps lead the annual Ride For Our Vets, the major source of funding for the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.

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