(InsideClimate News)

Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla wrote an open letter to 60 Minutes and CBS in response to a Jan. 6 segment that argued that government and private investment has been frittered away on clean energy technology. The 60 Minutes story, called Cleantech Crash, drew derisive reviews from clean energy advocates, who said it was a biased and distorted view and misrepresented the investors' record of sucessful innovation in the field. Khosla was featured in what he describes as an error-filled story.

Kevin Tedesco, spokesman for 60 Minutes, responded in a statement: "While we respect Mr Khosla's view, we are not in agreement with the points he makes about our story, which we began and ended with him and devoted much of to his ideas and to one of the companies he backs."

To: 60 Minutes and CBS

Attn: Lesley Stahl, Jeff Fager, David Rhodes, Leslie Moonves

On January 5, 2014, CBS' 60 Minutes aired a segment titled, "The Cleantech Crash" that grossly misrepresented the state of the sustainable energy industry.

At Khosla Ventures, we are focused on finding real solutions for energy independence, rather than just pontificating. The pontificators at 60 Minutes, with their agenda-driven bastardization of news reporting, failed to do the most elementary fact checking and source qualification, as was the case with your Benghazi reporting. No wonder one major media outlet wrote that you have been "widely criticized for leaving out crucial information about the state of the clean tech sector." Is this the new CBS standard?