After reading an encouraging editorial on wind turbine regulation in The Grand Rapids Press last week, the latest in a string of pro-environment commentaries, we asked WMEAC Intern Tami Stevens to examine exactly how green the daily’s editorial board had become. As it turns out, through December 14 some 10% of this year’s Press editorials have focused on environmental issues or sustainability, with its editorial board siding with environmentalists virtually every time.
The only topics that were more editorialized this year were State Politics (15%) and Education (14%), many of those endorsements of candidates or ballot proposals. Other hot topics, as shown above, were Taxes, National Politics, Social Issues and Security.
The complete list is available as a spreadsheet here. We’ve tried our best to categorize the topics appropriately. You’ll likely notice that several of the editorials can fit into more than one category (State Politics and Environmental Issues have a great deal of overlap, for instance).
The environmental issues addressed by The Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board this year include:
January 3: Kudos to Kent County for preserving farmland
January 21: Try Again on Parks
June 13: Time running out to stop Asian carp
Grand River and Great Lakes
March 2: Scrubbing the Lakes
July 28: Protecting the Grand River
March 28: Wind Power is Economic Power
July 1: City Chickens: Fair or fowl?
May 9: Gulf coast oil disaster
May 26: New Teeth for Oil Regulators
June 16: Slow cleanup on Kalamazoo River
July 30: Fixing Michigan’s Oil Spill Crisis
November 23: Recycling Success for new program
Phosphorus ban in fertilizer
October 13: Phosphorus ban in fertilizer