MRC Business http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19166/all en Columnist Finds ‘Downside’ to Low Gas Prices, They ‘Undo Progress’ on Green Energy http://www.mrc.org/articles/columnist-finds-downside-low-gas-prices-they-undo-progress-green-energy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Detroit News publishes David Lazarus’ claims U.S. ‘dependence’ on fossil fuels is like crack addiction. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">While low gas prices prompted strong sales last month of trucks and SUVs produced by American automakers, one Los Angeles Times columnist found multiple experts who viewed this as bad news. And his criticism was published online by The Detroit News.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/columnist-finds-downside-low-gas-prices-they-undo-progress-green-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy Energy Media auto sales David Lazarus Detroit Detroit News drug addiction fossil fuels fuel gas prices gasoline green energy Los Angeles Times Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:47:24 +0000 julia.seymour 47911 at http://www.mrc.org If Not for Taxes, Gas Would be Below $2 in 29 States http://www.mrc.org/articles/if-not-taxes-gas-would-be-below-2-29-states <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Media say declining gas prices act like a ‘tax cut,’ while lefties call for higher gas taxes. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans living in most U.S. states would be paying less than $2 per gallon of regular gas if not for gas taxes.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/if-not-taxes-gas-would-be-below-2-29-states" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business gas prices Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:24:24 +0000 mike.ciandella 47908 at http://www.mrc.org Associated Press, Media Analyst Call ABC Meteorologist Weather “Pornographer” for Not Hyping Climate Change Enough http://www.mrc.org/articles/associated-press-media-analyst-call-abc-meteorologist-weather-pornographer-not-hyping-clima <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington Post Capital Weather Gang rushes to defense of Ginger Zee after ridiculous, sexist attack. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an Associated Press article, a climate alarmist accused a female ABC meteorologist of being “more like a pornographer” than a weather forecaster – all because she didn’t tie weather events to climate change often enough for his liking. According to the article, discussing weather events without throwing in at least some climate change scaremongering is “weather porn.”</p><div class='signature'><p>— Mike Ciandella is Staff Writer/Analyst for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@mikeciandella" target="_blank">Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/associated-press-media-analyst-call-abc-meteorologist-weather-pornographer-not-hyping-clima" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Ginger Zee Good Morning America Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:03:02 +0000 mike.ciandella 47899 at http://www.mrc.org 75% of Stories Ignore Law That Might Derail Newtown Gun Suit http://www.mrc.org/articles/75-stories-ignore-law-might-derail-newtown-gun-suit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Networks overlook 2005 law that limits lawsuits against gun manufacturers. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">A class action suit filed by families of Sandy Hook shooting victims could “<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/16/lawsuit-filed-against-gun-manufacturers-and-dealers-over-sandy-hook-murders/">go nowhere</a>” because of a 2005 law protecting gun makers, but that crucial point was ignored in most network stories about the lawsuit. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/75-stories-ignore-law-might-derail-newtown-gun-suit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Media abc bushmaster cbs class action lawsuit Eugene Volokh federal law firearms Guns Lawsuit NBC Newtown sandy hook school shooting Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:12:42 +0000 julia.seymour 47883 at http://www.mrc.org Top 10 Lefty and Media Attacks on Business of 2014 http://www.mrc.org/articles/top-10-lefty-and-media-attacks-business-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From attempts to shut down shopping on Black Friday, to schemes to end the U.S. coal industry, liberals and the media showed their true anti-capitalist colors this year. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Although 2014 was an election year, venomous attacks weren’t just in the campaign commercials. Most recently, anti-business attacks came from protesters across the country in the form of #ShutItDown. And there were many other anti-business views presented by the liberal news media, TV programming and left-wing extremists this year.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/top-10-lefty-and-media-attacks-business-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Art & Entertainment Business Climate Change Economy Energy Environment Health Labor Media Taxes Agriculture Black Friday CEOs Chevron Chipotle CNBC coal industry eco activism elementary energy energy companies environmentalists farmers Fed Up movie ferguson food production Jim Cramer Katie Couric Laurie David Lawsuit McDonald's Grist Michael Brown obesity Occupy Wall Street OWS protest rideshares Sherlock Holmes Shut it Down shutitdown Steven Donziger tax code Taxis texaco TurboTax uber vandalism war on sugar Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:50:49 +0000 julia.seymour 47874 at http://www.mrc.org Venezuelan President: U.S. Fracking Has ‘Flooded’ Oil Markets http://www.mrc.org/articles/venezuelan-president-us-fracking-has-flooded-oil-markets <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maduro said American oil production has ‘hurt’ Venezuelan regime. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="http://mrc.org/bias-numbers/oil-and-gas-prices-drop-nets-refuse-credit-fracking-93-stories">broadcast networks </a>may not want to give credit to hydraulic fracturing for increasing U.S. oil production and lowering global oil prices, but at least one angry world leader did just that.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/venezuelan-president-us-fracking-has-flooded-oil-markets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy International Fracking gas prices hydraulic fracturing nicolas maduro oil and gas Oil Prices oil production Venezuela Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:47:02 +0000 julia.seymour 47854 at http://www.mrc.org Bloomberg to Hybrid Buyers: ‘Don’t Pull Out A Calculator’ http://www.mrc.org/articles/bloomberg-hybrid-buyers-dont-pull-out-your-calculator-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lower gas prices mean Toyota Prius ‘is for drivers who stink at math.’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">As gas prices have plummeted, cost savings arguments for hybrid cars took a hit making them a less attractive option.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/bloomberg-hybrid-buyers-dont-pull-out-your-calculator-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy Energy Automobiles bloomberg businessweek car sales cost gas prices hybrid cars oil and gas prices Toyota Prius Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:00:57 +0000 julia.seymour 47845 at http://www.mrc.org Greenpeace Activists Damage Nazca Lines, Peru Seeks Criminal Charges http://www.mrc.org/articles/greenpeace-activists-damage-nazca-lines-peru-seeks-criminal-charges <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AP reports environmentalists in trouble following stunt at archaeological treasure. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">So much for responsible treatment of the planet.</p><p dir="ltr">Peruvian officials were furious with Greenpeace activists who they said left footprints in the desert when the famous Nazca lines are. The Nazca lines are a UN world heritage site.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/greenpeace-activists-damage-nazca-lines-peru-seeks-criminal-charges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Climate Change Environment International activism Climate Change environmental damage Environmentalism Greenpeace Nazca Lines Peru publicity stunt Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:04:46 +0000 julia.seymour 47840 at http://www.mrc.org Oil and Gas Prices Drop, But Nets Refuse to Credit Fracking in 93% of Stories http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/oil-and-gas-prices-drop-nets-refuse-credit-fracking-93-stories <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Networks’ evening shows rarely admit contribution of drilling technology to booming U.S. production. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/131355" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">Thanks in part to the widespread use of technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, global oil prices plummeted in 2014. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-12/u-s-nears-energy-independence-by-2035-on-shale-boom-iea-says.html">Energy experts</a> even predicted the U.S. could be the top oil producer in the next several years.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/oil-and-gas-prices-drop-nets-refuse-credit-fracking-93-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Business Energy International Media abc cbs domestic oil production Fracking gas gas prices hydraulic fracturing NBC oil oil drilling Oil Prices oil supply OPEC Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:15:12 +0000 julia.seymour 47837 at http://www.mrc.org Earth Science vs. Political Science http://www.mrc.org/cartoons/earth-science-vs-political-science <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/glenn-foden">Glenn Foden</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3000" height="2587" title="Media Research Center" alt="Media Research Center" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/Foden20141212-EPA%20Coal%281%29.jpg?1418656233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-published"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">December 10, 2014 - 10:12am</span> </div> </div> </div> MRC Business Business Energy Politics Coal Employment energy EPA fossil fuels industry Regulations unemployment Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:10:34 +0000 julia.seymour 47863 at http://www.mrc.org ‘Natural Cycles’ Blamed for California Drought Instead of Climate Change http://www.mrc.org/articles/natural-cycles-blamed-california-drought-instead-climate-change <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When scientists blame other things, suddenly science is not &#039;settled’ according to media. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Climate science is “settled” according to the news media, that is, unless scientists conclude climate change is not connected to a specific climate occurrence.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/natural-cycles-blamed-california-drought-instead-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Climate Change Environment Government Media California climate Climate Change drought natural disaster NBC New York Times NOAA Science science is settled USA Today Weather Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:59:43 +0000 julia.seymour 47824 at http://www.mrc.org As Gas Prices Tumble, Ed Rendell Calls for Tax Hikes http://www.mrc.org/articles/gas-prices-tumble-ed-rendell-calls-tax-hikes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Democratic former governor tells CNBC it is time to raise federal gas tax. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The dramatic fall of gas and oil prices meant relief for holiday travelers and more money in the pockets of shoppers. <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/households-could-save-1100-from-falling-gas-prices-2014-12-01">MarketWatch</a> reported one estimate of the savings that equated it to a $75 billion tax cut for households.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/gas-prices-tumble-ed-rendell-calls-tax-hikes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy Government Media Taxes CNBC Ed Rendell gas prices gas taxes infrastructure On the Money tax increase taxes Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:32:22 +0000 julia.seymour 47807 at http://www.mrc.org Even HuffPo Admits Obamacare Calorie Regulations May Not Work http://www.mrc.org/articles/even-huffpo-admits-obamacare-calorie-regulations-may-not-work <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liberal site finds experts who say diners don’t actually ‘eat less’ when calories are posted. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">New and expensive federal regulations stemming from Obamacare that will require many restaurants publish calorie counts probably won’t have much impact on patrons’ food choices, experts told <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/02/calorie-counts-fast-food_n_6220628.html">The Huffington Post</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/even-huffpo-admits-obamacare-calorie-regulations-may-not-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Government Health Media calorie count calories chain restaurants eating eating habits Food health health experts huffington post menu labeling obamacare Regulation Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:25:17 +0000 julia.seymour 47789 at http://www.mrc.org $4.5 Million Up In Smoke: How Billionaire Steyer’s Anti-Koch Ads Flopped http://www.mrc.org/articles/45-million-smoke-how-billionaire-steyers-anti-koch-ads-flopped <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NextGen’s 7,637 attack TV spots show how not to run a hate campaign. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Liberal billionaire <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/london/2014/12/23/tom-steyers-epic-green-fail-pt-iii-the-revenge-of-the-koch-brothers/">Tom Steyer</a> has had a really bad year.</p> <p>He failed to get other left-wing donors to join his crusade to make climate change the No. 1 election issue. Then he wasted nearly $75 million backing liberal candidates. Four out of the seven politicians he and his NextGen Climate Action group backed lost. And the few races where liberals won owed little or nothing to Steyer’s bizarre and sometimes inaccurate campaign ads.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Mike Ciandella is Staff Writer/Analyst for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@mikeciandella" target="_blank">Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/45-million-smoke-how-billionaire-steyers-anti-koch-ads-flopped" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Climate Change 2014 midterms Climate Change election Koch Brothers steyer Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:17:55 +0000 mike.ciandella 47795 at http://www.mrc.org Fracked... http://www.mrc.org/cartoons/fracked <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/glenn-foden">Glenn Foden</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3000" height="2444" title="Media Research Center" alt="Media Research Center" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/Foden20141204-Frack.jpg?1417805891" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-published"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">December 3, 2014 - 1:59pm</span> </div> </div> </div> MRC Business Alternative energy energy gas prices green energy Oil Prices solar wind Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:58:12 +0000 julia.seymour 47792 at http://www.mrc.org