NBC’s Chuck Todd dedicated Sunday’s entire hour of “Meet the Press” to the issue of climate change and, in a significant break from much-televised coverage of the issue, refused to give time to those who deny the science.
After explaining that the show would focus solely on the one issue, Todd added that “just as important as what we are going to do this hour is what we’re not going to do.”
“We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it,” he explained. “The earth is getting hotter, and human activity is a major cause. Period.
“We’re not going to give time to climate deniers,” Todd added. “The science is settled, even if political opinion is not.”
Watch the show’s intro below:
.@chucktodd: "Just as important as what we are going to do this hour is what we're not going to do. We're not going to debate climate change. The earth is getting hotter & human activity is a major cause, period. We're not going to give time to climate change deniers." pic.twitter.com/yHlbqrzxwz
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 30, 2018
The show offered a refreshing break from the boisterous talking heads and angry pundits who too often occupy airtime on the nation’s most watched news programs. The science of climate change was prioritized over the politics of the issue, and the floor was ceded to experts to discuss it.
That mindset was on full display when Todd opened the program’s panel segment by first going to NASA associate research scientist Kate Marvel.
“No offense to everybody else here, but we’re going to start with the scientist,” Todd said.
Marvel used the time to explain how scientists struggle to communicate the urgency of climate change to the average citizen.
“So I think it’s really important for scientists to go out in communities, engage with what’s important to people in communities,” she explained.
Watch the panel below, via NBC News:
Todd also interviewed outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown, whose state was devastated by a series of fires in 2018. Brown explained how California’s wildfire season has changed, lasting longer throughout the year and burning in different parts of the state at the same time.
“It’s new,” he said. “And it leads not just to fires. It leads to mudslides, and then, of course, you’re going to see with the heavy storms and rains as the snows melt faster or don’t come at all, we’re going to find a lot of inundation of a good part of the state.
“This is real, it’s dangerous, and we’ve got to wake up the country, wake up the world, and we ought to start with the man in the White House who ought to get off his business that it just requires raking leaves in the bottom of the forest there,” Brown added.
Watch the interview with Gov. Brown below, via NBC News:
The hourlong special episode of “Meet the Press” comes just weeks after the release of a new climate report outlining the potential for devastation in the future without action to slow the impact.