March 27, 2005

Check Out CNN on Global Warming Tonight

I was amazed to hear a CNN anchor just a few short minutes ago preview his special this evening by saying that there was a scientific consensus on the facts of global warming, though there was "a lot of junk science [paid for] by the fossil fuel industry." It's a good thing I was sitting down. Wow.

Watch Melting Point on CNN tonight, 8pm EST/5pm PST. If you don't get a chance to watch, I'll be looking for the transcript on their website later and add a link to this post.

Update: Here's the link to the full transcript. The whole thing is informative, but this was classic, emphasis mine:

[MILES O'BRIEN, HOST]: Jim Conatin is the Bush administration's point person on climate change and from where he sits, regulation is not the answer. ...

CONATIN: We want to encourage them to find the most economically profitable ways to reduce greenhouse gases and we do not yet need to take on an issue, whether we need to impose a cost on our society to find those gains. We can cross that bridge if we need to when we come to it. Fortunately, we still have time ahead of us and time is on our side.

O'BRIEN: But is it really? Ask the people of Kivalina (ph) on Alaska's west coast. Their island is being swept away by something that is way beyond their control and the only reasonable solution for them is a Draconian one, pack up and leave their homes behind. ...

A reporter actually willing to juxtapose a false Bush administration proclamation and a direct contradiction. CNN is getting some happy email from me, which will hopefully balance out some of the hate mail they're certain to receive. If you're so inclined, consider adding your own kudos for this piece of accurate science reporting.

Posted by natasha at March 27, 2005 03:48 PM | Environment | Technorati links |

Saw most of it tonight and it seemed to be made without a noticeable tilt toward the Administration's position.

I wish I could remember the goon's name that went on to state the Administration's view of gloval warming. He downplayed scientific studies and stated that we have all the time in the world. I must have screamed loud enough to wake the neighbors down the street. He even looks like Karl Rove. What a bastard! The Gods of Karma can have him.

The same when I heard Chimpy talk about the Kyoto Accords, I almost jumped out of my skin.

These people deserve to spend the rest of their lives pumping water in Tuvalu.

Posted by: David Aquarius at March 27, 2005 07:43 PM