Who is behind enenews.com, the site known as Energy News, which, for the time being, has been focusing solely on the fallout of the Japanese nuclear disaster?
The short answer is, we don’t know.
A domain registration lookup shows its private registration with the mysteriously named DomainSecrecy.net.
A ping of the domain shows the address of 188.8.131.52, which traces back to the internet domain host provider UK2 Group, which is located in Providence, Utah.
It is a mysterious site, indeed, with no About page, no mention of its authors, contact info, or its sources of funding, despite 144 posts since its inception on March 18, 2011.
With less than one full month online, the site already has a one-month Alexa rating of 129,331th place among over 20 million ranked sites on the Web.
What we do see, however, are scary headlines citing mass media sources, with added editorial.
For instance, the March 29 headline, Radioactive Iodine-131 in Pennsylvania rainwater sample is 3300% above federal drinking water standard.
3300% higher is 33 times higher, but 3300% sounds a lot scarier. The headline also draws a word association between rainwater and drinking water, despite going on to mention the mass media source that says a 3300% higher amount of radioactive iodine in rainwater samples is still 25 times less than would be of concern. Also, nowhere does the article mention that the half-life of radioactive iodine is eight days.
The article, however, adds emphasis in bold to the amount of radiation found in the rainwater samples and to the maximum EPA levels for drinking water, further making an association.
In the meantime, while many Americans are being focused on a very serious crisis for the Japanese, their focus is consequently shifted away from the more directly relevant unlawful presidential war decree on Libya, and the zero prosecutions for fraud against those who knowingly marketed subprime securities as AAA, unlike the more than a thousand convictions of the criminals involved in the far smaller savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.
Update 06/25/11: A reader pointed out eight days after my article, on April 11, that the author of enenews.com is also the one behind floridaoilspilllaw.com, and that can be found in the earlier comments.
On April 18, the author finally got around to creating an About page, wherein he claimed he is not a lawyer trying to sue. On June 24, after enenews.com had gone down for hours as it has several times in the past few months, someone pointed out that the author has since revealed he is a lawyer.
To those who say this information is now evident, it wasn’t when I published this article on April 3, and the scary headlines with an anti-nuclear editorial bent, the lack of other energy news coverage, and no positive solutions haven’t stopped either.