What exactly do we want when it comes to an energy policy? A recent poll shows the public would rather seek new energy sources than significantly cut back on their usage. Are the polls correct?
That's the question on the second hour (10 a.m.) of Midmorning today.
Carroll Doherty: associate director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press; Matt Wald, a reporter for the New York Times; and Frank Newport:, editor in chief of The Gallup Poll join Kerri Miller.
News Cut is live-blogging and providing your assessment. You can listen to the program and provide your commentary in the comments section below.
10:05 a.m. - We're ready to go. You never know how these things are going to go. This topic should be interesting. Hopefully it'll involve a minimum of self-righteousness.
10:09 a.m. - Here's the Pew survey.
10:13 a.m. - Is $4 the "new normal?" Doherty asks. If so, how will this affect the spike in America's attitudes toward drilling and exploration?
10:15 Caller "David," who teaches science, says he's disturbed by lack of framing question with "conversion" fossil fuels to alternative sources. Carroll Doherty says "that's true, we just want to get a sense of where the public's attitudes are." Would've liked to do a fuller exploration of the public's views, and says it's notable that measures aimed at reducing consumption get overwhelming support. 90% say they favor higher CAFE standards and increased funding for mass transit. He says more and more Americans say expanded exploration have to be part of that mix.
Interesting -- to me -- is the comment of Todd below. He's not buying that there isn't some conspiracy behind all of this, what with the phony rolling blackouts in California and Enron's shenanigans in the past.
10:22 a.m. - Matt Wald of the New York Times joins us and reacts to the point here on News Cut about trust. "I want to go back a step. I don't think it matters whether you trust the oil companies or not." Sigh. He says the supposition in the Pew poll is that the answer is going to affect the price. He doesn't think it will because if you add supply, demand is still rising faster than supply. "We could find oil and we could find that the price went up anyway."
10:26 a.m. - Interesting comment from Neil (which I may read on the air) in the comments section. If I read it correctly, we're shoveling the living standards sand against the rising cost of energy tide.
10:29 a.m. - Beth calls to say the situation is a failure of environmental education, noting that the oceans and ANWR are under stress. The question I have, though, is whether people care to the degree, perhaps, they once did?
Matt Wald says the problem with polls is events move on. If you asked right after Katrina what's our biggest problem, people would've said "global warming." Now they've moved on to $4 gasoline. Polls don't get oil wells dug. It's companies deciding whether they can make money at it.
10:34 a.m. - During the news break, Kerri and I are chatting about the generation differences. Coincidentally, Jonna has jjust posted a comment say the young people have a sense of entitlement. "They don't look at their consumption, they just want more."
10:37 a.m. - We're joined by Frank Newport of the Gallup Poll who says the issue has not surpassed Iraq as the chief concern in the country right now. He says people answering polls now are much more likely to respond to anything that "sounds like it might lower the price of gasoline."
10:40 a.m. - The environmental aspect is still "the great divide" politically speaking, Newport says. He adds that it makes it more difficult for both McCain and Obama to move "toward the center" on the issue.
10:42 a.m. - Queried by Wald, Newport says Al Gore would be disappointed to learn that his climate change movie hasn't changed peoples' attitudes. Wald says the high price of natural gas may motivate more exploration.
10:47 a.m. - Just read Jonna's comment on the air. Matt Wald responds, if the belief is we have a right to cheaper energy, we have a problem. If it's that we can find alternative sources, then there's hope. He says younger people are more likely to have the latter view than the former.
10:50 a.m. - Wald says he 'runs for the exit' when he hears the term energy independence. It's not possible, he says.
10:51 a.m. -- According to the poll above 93% of those surveyed favor conservation. According to the 93% of those passing me at 75 mph while I'm driving 55, there might be a high "you conserve, I'll talk about you conserving" factor here.
10:53 a.m. - Wald says the next crisis may be electricity. Power lines aren't being built, natural gas (which powers electric plants) are at a high price. "We're going to feel it," he says. Might want to go turn down the air conditioning.
10:54 a.m. - Wald responds to caller -- and commenter -- about the oil companies not drilling on land they already own. "The oil companies don't seem convinced that $140 a barrel oil is here to stay."
10:56 a.m. - Kerri says even if people are passing me at 75 mph, they might be conserving "in other ways." Is that you. Let's keep talking during the afternoon. I'll meet you down in the comments section.(57 Comments)
There was a story floating around this weekend that makes a wonderful exercise in ascertaining the difference between solid newspaper reporting and TV/video news fare. Perhaps the medium really is the message.
One story, one news organization. Two different messages and tones -- one that is relatively scholarly,and one that is simply meant to scare the devil out of you.
See if you can figure out which is which.
The Associated Press story documents the increase in routine maneuvers at airports called "go arounds," which -- as the name implies -- is when a pilot decides to abort a landing and go around for another crack at it. This can be warranted when another plane hasn't cleared the runway or the approach just isn't to the pilot's satisfaction.
Here's the "print version" carried by many newspapers (the Star Tribune carried a severely edited version of it). Nothing you're about to read will make any sense if you don't click the link and read the full story.
Here are the take-aways from this version of the story:
The Associated Press also packages a video version of some of its stories for use on Web sites, using the same reporting as the basis of the story.
Here's how this same story was packaged for an online video audience:
The person who did the original reporting is not the person who cobbled together the TV/video version. In the nation's newsrooms right now, there is some occasional howling from reporters about having to produce their work for multiple "platforms."
The loss of a story's integrity in this case provides a good reason why they should.(7 Comments)
How can anyone not be impressed by the new I-35W bridge? In relatively no time at all, construction crews have created a new bridge where the August 2007 tragedy occurred.
On Saturday the final span of the northbound lane of the new 35W bridge was moved into place. The southbound lane will be completed this week. A MnDOT release today says University Avenue over I-35W will be closed Thursday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday while the entrance and exit ramps are paved with concrete. Crews are working 24-hours a day.
The new bridge will cost an estimated $234 million. The construction company has $27 million in incentives to finish the job this year. The rapid pace (See live Webcam) has many "sidewalk superintendents" raising their eyebrows, but officials insist no corners are being cut.
Downstream? Not so much.
This is the eastbound lane of the "new Wakota bridge," a project that started in 2002 and won't be completed until 2010. It'll take 8 years to completely replace the aging bridge which was knocked down when the eastbound span was finally completed in 2006, four years after construction started. A design error in the new span forced some emergency repairs, a design change, and a new construction bidding process.
While an army of construction workers are scurrying around the I-35W bridge project, this afternoon only a small handful of workers were on the South St. Paul side of the bridge, driving pilings.
The cost of the entire project? When it's done -- if there are no more cost overruns -- it'll run about $300 million -- $66 million and 7 years more than its new cousin upstream.
Posted at 4:04 PM on July 7, 2008
by Bob Collins
That's Keith Kennedy, taking a walk last Thursday around the hospital where he's been treated since searchers discovered him in some woods in Wisconsin. The autistic man was found after 7 days.
Today, Keith was discharged from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
His family has set up a Caring Bridge site, which is worth visiting no matter what kind of day you're having.