Environmental Crime and the Media: News Coverage of by Melissa L. Jarrell

By Melissa L. Jarrell

Jarrell examines print information media assurance of federal consequences assessed opposed to the petroleum refining undefined. whereas there are lots of federal petroleum refining violations, just a constrained quantity obtain media cognizance. This loss of media insurance means that this crime is taken into account less significant regardless of the damage to the surroundings and human overall healthiness produced through petroleum refining violations. loss of realization by means of the scoop media could lead on to public false impression and lack of understanding of the reasons and effects of environmental crime. Jarrell means that criminologists develop into extra concerned about public discourse through the mainstream mass media. moreover, criminologists may still pastime to aid neighborhood groups in activist efforts.

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Today, with ownership of the mass media in the hands of just six corporations, media reporting is heavily weighed in favor of corporate values. In the past few decades, the public has been inundated with specialty environmental magazines, books, and cable television shows and channels. According to American Opinion Research, Inc. (1993) by 1993, more than two-thirds of the nation’s medium and large newspapers had reporters specializing in covering issues involving the environment. Despite the growth in environmental awareness across the media, political, and public realms, most media information focuses on what individuals can do to save the environment.

S. manufacturing sector. S. Petroleum Companies 2002 Exxon-Mobil BP Royal Dutch/Shell Chevron Texaco TotalFinaElf Conoco Phillips Environmental Hazards Associated with the Petroleum Refining Industry There are numerous air, water, and soil hazards associated with the petroleum refining industry and their processing methods. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (2001), the petroleum refining industry is one of the major sources of pollution in the United States. The petroleum refining industry is the largest industrial source of volatile organic compounds; the second largest industrial source of sulfur dioxide; and the third largest industrial source of nitrogen oxides.

Greenpeace was one of the first environmental groups to recognize the power of the mass media to publicize their efforts. Since 1971, environmental activists have performed thousands of “image events” in support of environmental issues including chaining themselves to whaling harpoons, plugging waste discharge pipes, and forming human blockades to stop trucks from transporting hazardous waste (DeLuca, 1999). Members of Earth First! have sat in trees, blockaded roads, and chained themselves to logging equipment.

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