The conclusions of the federal government’s latest report on the effect of human-induced climate change and the looming threat of ecological apocalypse are the most urgent yet, but the Trump administration has only responded with derision and disdain.
Human civilization has a little more than a decade left to take drastic action and reduce the release of carbon into the atmosphere before it will be too late and the worst effects of climate change — frequent extreme weather events, substantial rise in sea levels, massive droughts, wildfires, and famines —will be unstoppable.
Which is why it’s deeply disturbing to see the White House press secretary publicly trashing the findings for the whole nation to see, as Sarah Huckabee Sanders chose to do this morning.
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“We think that this is the most extreme version and it’s not based on facts. It’s not data-driven. We’d like to see something that is more data-driven. It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate” sniffed Sanders this morning, echoing the President in his rejection of the climate science that the vast majority of independent scientists agree is convincing enough to warrant a major socioeconomic transformation.
CNN, which has been publicly feuding with the White House communications team for weeks after they revoked reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass and have been under fire recently for allowing climate denier Stephen Moore a platform, decided to kill two birds with one stone and unveiled their “Facts First” sidebar to fact-check Sarah Sanders in real-time.
Finding a way to responsibly report on the White House’s incessant false statements while reminding the nation that they’re nothing but agitprop has been a test that the mainstream media has failed again and again ever since Trump, a notorious pathological liar, popped onto the political scene — but this time, CNN has hit on a novel way to thread that needle.
There are not just hundreds of millions of lives at stake but human civilization as we know it if we don’t deal with our carbon habit. With the consequences of inaction being literally apocalyptic, climate change deniers should be treated with more disgust and disdain than the most delusional Infowars devotee — but instead, they are constantly given a platform so that jackal media corporations can generate hate-clicks and smugly pat themselves on the back for being “unbiased.”
It’s time to take that platform away — or at the very least, kick the legs out from under it, as CNN has done quite effectively here.