Chuck Todd Refuses to Give Airtime to Climate Denial: ‘We’re Not Going to Debate Climate Change’

“The earth is getting hotter, and human activity is a major cause. Period.”

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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:

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.

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James Sweatt
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Meanwhile, all of Europe is questioning the massive money spent on a mythical problem.
If they have to fake the numbers, excuse me for not believing their “conclusions.”
Legitimate scientists will admit that very little of climate change is “anthropogenic.” That means that the vast majority of whatever change is happening is NOT due to man, therefore NOT subject to man’s correction.
Not long ago, scientists were allowed to report that the poles are melting . . . on MARS!

TOM
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So Chuck Todd is now an environmental science expert. Let’s check his qualifications: George Washington University, major political science and music, DROPPED OUT – NEVER GRADUATED. I guess that he thinks that the “science” in “political science” means real science.

KhyberRifle
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That’s one way, the only way probably, for a twink like Todd to have a final word: despotically design everything, and have the prequel studded with Jerry Brown utterings. Brown? At least his symptoms of affluenza have subsided and an intelligent remark is not out of the question in the not terribly distant future

widestancerepublican
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Dummy Trumptards will believe anything conservatives spew. They’d eat a sh*t sandwich and ask for seconds, if it meant disagreeing with a liberal. The dummies of our society. Smoke away republicans…it doesn’t cause cancer and use asbestos for tooth picks the liberals say it dangerous.

Thomas Cole
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Note, the New Climate Report, as compared to the one from 10 years ago that nothing came true from…. or the one from 20 years ago that nothing came true from…. or the one from 30 years ago that, you guessed it, nothing came true from.

Mark Simmons
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How is this a news article? It comes across more like an advertisement for this week’s episode of Meet the Press.

Craig
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How to win people over, Chuckles, be peremptory.

Everett Thompson
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Donald Trump is 100% correct in pointing out bad forest management as the reason for the deadly fires in California.
If clear cutting was done in areas it would keep the fires from being so widespread. It is a common sense approach but The Democrat controlled government in California have no such thing as common sense. Governor moonbeam
doesn’t get it.

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