Denying the Deniers

Chuck Todd discusses climate change sans deniers.

In a move that surprised many, Sunday’s episode of NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was dedicated entirely to climate change. Instead of holding a debate as Sunday talk shows often do, the segment featured only climate change believers. As Todd made clear, “We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it… We're not going to give time to climate deniers.” The segment featured notable politicians like former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown, as well as a panel comprised of experts like former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, climate scientist Dr. Kate Marvel, Florida Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo, Anne Thompson of NBC, and former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate.

In their segments, Bloomberg and Brown discussed the need for improved government action on climate change. They warned that President Trump’s attitude towards climate change is incredibly detrimental to the wellbeing of our country as well as the entire world. Brown also expressed his belief that Congress should shift its focus away from imposing tariffs towards exploring alternatives to fossil fuels. The episode was incredibly informative and a refreshing breakthrough for Sunday cable. If you have 50 minutes to spare, check it out here.

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