In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Al Gore explained the severity of the climate crisis. “We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency — a threat to the survival of our civilization that is gathering ominous and destructive potential,” he declared.
But Sunday political talk show hosts have ignored the issue. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a campaign publicizing the fact that the top five TV political journalists have dodged the issue of global warming this year:
[I]n the more than 120 interviews and debates with the [presidential] candidates in 2007, the five political show hosts collectively have asked 2,275 questions. Of those questions, these journalists have only uttered the words “global warming” or “climate change” three times. More over, only 24 of these questions touched even remotely on the issue of global climate change.
Watch a video highlighting the questions they chose to ask instead:
— NBC’s Tim Russert: 664 questions, 0 mentioned global warming
— CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: 311 questions, 1 mentioned global warming
— ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: 661 questions, 0 mentioned global warming
— CBS’s Bob Scheiffer: 212 questions, 0 mentioned global warming
— Fox’s Chris Wallace: 427 questions, 2 mentioned global warming
And the questions weren’t necessarily substantive. On May 6, Wallace asked Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT): “Let’s turn to domestic policy where your big issue is energy independence and also fighting global warming. … [Wouldn’t a carbon tax] put a real drag on the economy?”
LCV’s campaign is urging political talk show hosts to 1) publicly acknowledge that global warming is an urgent threat, and 2) make the issue a priority in their interviews with all candidates. Sign LCV’s petition HERE.