Journalist Josh Schlossberg researched six months of local newspaper coverage of biomass energy, based on a Google search of “biomass,” and found that 76% of the reporting completely ignored any and all mention of health and/or environmental impacts of biomass energy, nor did they quote any opposing viewpoints. His research was part of a May 7 piece in Earth Island Journal, “Media Bias for Biomass Energy?”

Other journalists think there’s more to it than that. “It’s not at all odd or strange that the corporate-funded news media would detail the positives far more than the negatives of biomass energy, or really any other business-centric topic,” said Steve Horn, an independent investigative journalist who covers energy, climate, and environmental topics in his work. “You don’t say mean things about those whose bread you eat.”

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