Last updated on: 4/23/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Washington Post Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“The strongest argument against drilling is that it could distract the country from a pursuit of alternative sources of energy. There’s no question that the administration has been lax on that front. True leadership would emphasize both alternative sources and rational approaches to developing oil and natural gas. No, the United States cannot drill its way to energy independence. But with the roaring economies of China and India gobbling up oil in the two countries’ latter-day industrial revolutions, the United States can no longer afford to turn its back on finding all the sources of fuel necessary to maintain its economy and its standard of living. What’s required is a long-term, comprehensive plan that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels and nuclear — and that acknowledges that oil and gas will be instrumental to the U.S. economy for many years to come.”

“‘Snake Oil,’ Debunking Three ‘Truths’ About Offshore Drilling,” Washington Post, Aug. 12, 2008

Description:

“The Washington Post newspaper is an operating division of The Washington Post Company. The Company is a diversified media company whose principal operations include newspaper and magazine publishing, television broadcasting, cable television systems, electronic information services, test preparation and educational and career services. Company headquarters are in Washington, D.C.”

“General Information: Corporate Info,” www.washpost.com (accessed Apr. 20, 2009)

Mission:

” – The first mission of a newspaper is to tell the truth as nearly as the truth can be ascertained.

– The newspaper shall tell ALL the truth so far as it can learn it, concerning the important affairs of America and the world.

– As a disseminator of news, the paper shall observe the decencies that are obligatory upon a private gentleman.

– What it prints shall be fit reading for the young as well as the old.

– The newspaper’s duty is to its readers and to the public at large, and not to the private interests of its owners.

– In the pursuit of truth, the newspaper shall be prepared to make sacrifices of its material fortunes, if such a course be necessary for the public good.

– The newspaper shall not be the ally of any special interest, but shall be fair and free and wholesome in its outlook on public affairs and public men.”

“General Information: Post Principals,” www.washpost.com (accessed Apr. 20, 2009)

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