In a segment on Wednesday, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly praised the climate youth activists who participated in the Power Shift 2011 conference. O’Reilly’s producer Jesse Watters — best known for stalking young women on camera — attended the conference and interviewed many of the attendees, mostly students from colleges and universities across the nation. O’Reilly, who has recognized that the planet is warming but is unwilling to recognize that fossil fuel pollution is responsible, supported the mission of the 10,000 Power Shift participants to build a “cleaner country” with “alternative energy.” In his own words, here’s Bill O’Reilly’s take on the youth clean energy movement:
– Most of the younger people are well-intentioned people. They want a cleaner country and there’s nothing wrong with that.
– I like the spirit of people actually going somewhere and trying to do something positive. I want to say that.
– I hope we can get alternative energy! I’d love to have windmills everywhere. I like windmills. You go into Holland, they have windmills everywhere. They’re nice.
Reflecting Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theories about Power Shift, Watters sneered at the attendees as naive, “pie in the sky” redistributionists. However, as Watters made thinly veiled pot jokes, O’Reilly recognized that the youth climate activists of Power Shift are actually hard-working, responsible young people who want to keep our nation safe by protecting the only planet we have.
Media Matters has the full segment.