Business Leaders, Climate Advocates Criticize 60 Minutes Report on Cleantech

After Media Matters called out a flawed 60 Minutes story on clean energy investments, Environmental Entrepreneurs asked CBS to issue a correction, while a petition from Forecast the Facts urged CBS to appoint a public editor to investigate the report.

"The Cleantech Crash" aired on the January 5 edition of CBS' 60 Minutes, and shortly thereafter drew wide criticism from members of the clean energy industry and among energy reporters. In the segment, correspondent Lesley Stahl wondered if clean tech has become a "dirty word," and concluded,"instead of breakthroughs, the [clean tech] sector suffered a string of expensive tax-funded flops." But critics have pointed out that Stahl focused too narrowly on the failure of a few companies and ignored most of the industry's success.

Environmental Entrepreneurs, a national community of over 850 business leaders, called on CBS to correct its "misguided" report.

At the same time, the climate advocates at Forecast the Facts gathered over 20,000 signatures on a petition asking CBS News to appoint a public editor to investigate the report.

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