(ThinkProgress) In order to improve the accuracy and fairness of the network’s news coverage, reporters for BBC News are being directed to limit the amount of air time they give to people with anti-science viewpoints.
A lesson for American media: when you’re talking about Nazi Germany, you don’t get a Holocaust denier on your show for “balance,” right? When you talk about NASA, you don’t go out and find a flatearther to talk about how the moon landings were faked.
It’s time to give climate deniers the same treatment. Just because crackpots have something to say, it doesn’t mean you’re required to give them airtime to say it.
House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that he’s “not qualified to debate the science over climate change” while slamming the Obama Administration proposed plans to deal with rising global temperatures.
“Listen, I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change,” Boehner said. “I am astute to understand that every proposal that has come out of this administration to deal with climate change involves hurting our economy and killing American jobs. That can’t be the prescription for dealing with changes to our climate.”
According to NASA, 97% of scientists agree on climate change being due to human activity.
So basically what he’s saying here is “Maybe we’re heading for a species-threatening environmental catastrophe. I don’t know and I don’t care. All I give a fuck about is $$$$. “
Besides, the effects of global warming will most immediately impact poor people and, as far as the GOP is concerned, there’s way too many of those “people” as it is. If some of them go down beneath the flood waters, I’m sure Sir John of Orange will say, “Good riddance.”