I recently came across research by the Public Interest Research Centre (Pirc) - it confirms what many of us have known for a long while that the Mail has a particularly anti-green stance and in particular the remarkable degree of negativity towards renewable energy in the UK press more broadly. See report here.
Mail, 75% of articles "centrally concerned with
renewables" took a negative stance, and only 8% were positive. The Sun
came out almost as anti-renewables as the Mail – though this was mainly due
to Jeremy Clarkson, who accounted for
two-thirds of the Sun's negative pieces. The Independent in contrast was positive in almost
two-thirds of stories focusing mainly on renewables and negative in just
a few percentage of cases.
How on earth can we reach our climate change targets if the press are ignoring the science? For example The Mail made a huge deal about the costs of renewable energy policies on householder
bills but increased the true figure by more than 100% due to accidental or deliberate errors.