The Media on RI's Alternative Energy Push

Rhode Island's PBS station, WSBE, will be tackling Rhode Island's green energy foray with a pair of panel discussions, spliced with recorded segments, set to premier October 17.

The "Powering the Future" panels will look first at the state's broad energy needs and practices and second at the massive wind farm project planned off the Rhode Island coast. The station promises a lively debate, pro and con, moderated by TV fixture Dave Layman. We'll be watching.

The wind farm proposal has sparked precious little public debate, especially compared to Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. But it has generated some strong journalism, particularly by Alex Kuffner at the Providence Journal. I took my own stab at a global view of the project, and what it all means, here.

Rhode Island's diminished media is too often reactive these days, waiting for a big public fight before covering an issue - and often giving it short shrift, even then. The Deepwater story - though there is much still to be told - marks an exception, I think. There has been an effort to get ahead of the story. There has been some serious, thoughtful examination. Let's hope it continues with the WSBE coverage.

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