Thursday, January 3, 2019

Meet the Press Meets Climate Change

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Environmental & Science Education
Climate Change
Edward Hessler

For a guy who doesn't have television I don't know how I decided to check-in with Chuck Todd on Sunday (12.30.2018) as he hosted "Meet the Press." I'm glad I had access via my PC.

This is how the program started. "This morning we're going to do something that we con't often get to do: dive in on one topic."  The topic?  Global climate change (GCC). Todd described GCC as "a literally earth-changing subject that doesn't get talked about this thoroughly, at least on television news."

Todd followed this with a statement I don't recall ever hearing on a news program. "Just as important as what we are going to do is what we're not going to do. We're not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The earth is getting hotter and human activity is a major cause, period. The science is settled even if political opinion is not." In addition, Todd said that he was not going "to confuse weather with climate." (my emphasis)

I took notes as fast as I could but didn't capture the quotes accurately, expecting I could get to that later to check and complete them and then, most importantly, provide a link to the entire program. I was not successful and don't know whether these programs are archived (but see below).  I'm thankful that reporters who work harder than I do reported. The exact quotes are from The Hill.

Among the expert guests were California Governor Jerry Brown , Dr. Kate Marvel (Columbia University Research Scientist/Max Goddard Institute for Space Science),  Anne Thompson (NBC News Chief Environmental Correspondent), Craig Fugate (Former FEMA administrator), Michele Flournoy (Former Under Secretary of Defense), Representative Carlos Carbello (R-FL), and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The links to the progam I've found don't appear to be stable.

Aha, finally I can hear you asking, what about YouTube? The light bulb went on, bright as the noonday sun. Here is the entire program in the event you missed it or want to see parts again. It starts with some data on the politics of global climate change.

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