It's not news that Fox News doesn't favor alternative energy sources. But the cable network is now making headlines for its hostile coverage of solar power, thanks to self-appointed Fox-watchdogs Media Matters.
Fox host Gretchen Carlson and guest Shibani Joshi lamented that America's solar industry has a "dim" future as well as a "checkered past" – unlike Germany's booming solar power business. "What was Germany doing correct? Are they just a smaller country, and that made it more feasible?" asked Carlson.
Joshi replied that Germany is "a smaller country, and they've got lots of sun. Right? They've got a lot more sun than we do...In California, it's a great solution, but here on the East Coast it's just not going to work."
Germany actually receives far less sunlight than the US – slightly less than Alaska, America's least sunny state, as the National Renewable Energy Lab map above shows. That fact, and Fox's fumbling of it, have been highlighted by Slate and Media Matters.