Why Does the Media Hide the Truth About Climate Change?
New York Times writer, Nicholas Kristof, recently asked his readers to nominate topics for “stories not being told.” Kristof, an Oregon native from rural Yamhill County, is noted for his unusual daring in telling stories of people who are typically treated as statistics. For example, he gives the young women raped in South Sudan or Nairobi’s Kibera slum names, families, histories and reality while typical journalists report only numbers. I’ve always respected his sense of outrage and even more, his calls for us to care.
His readers overwhelmingly told him that climate change is the major issues most under- and poorly-reported by the US press.
“Here’s a scary fact about America: We’re much more likely to believe that there are signs that aliens have visited Earth (77 percent) than that humans are causing climate change (44 percent)”…
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently upped its confidence level that climate change is human-caused from 90 to 95%
“When we have this disjunction between scientific consensus and popular perception — well, that should light a fire under those of us in the news media.”
Who doesn’t want us hearing that climate change is, as ex-NASA Climatologist James Hansen says, “like a giant asteroid hurtling towards earth that could end life as we know it”?
The companies that pour hundreds of millions into Republican campaign coffers–the oil, gas and coal companies, including Freedom Industries that just declared bankruptcy rather than pay for polluting the drinking water of most West Virginians when they spilled toxic chemicals used to process coal. Read here for what my friend, Daniel Lerch of the Post Carbon Institute, has to say on the power and the misdirection of the fossil fuel cartel.