New energy policies that seek to redress those problems, and unleash rather than further stifle a genuine market for energy, will point the way toward a new energy future that makes sense, both environmentally and economically. That’s because, if new policies set out to tackle those externalities once and for all, the environmental answer will quite often become the economic answer. Everything has its price—and its cost.

News outlets should be maintaining and fostering blogs that can provide these kinds of insights, not canceling them.

[Update: On disappointingly related note, CBS News’ science and technology correspondent, Daniel Sieberg, was laid off on Tuesday, according to TV Newser. He’d been with the network for three years.]

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Curtis Brainard writes on science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.