WASHINGTON, DC - December 19 --The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a campaign calling the top five TV political journalists to task for ignoring the issue of global warming in the presidential election.
The group launched a new website, www.whataretheywaitingfor.com, which showcases a video documenting the absurd questions these five journalists — Chris Wallace, Tim Russert, George Stephanopoulos, Wolf Blitzer and Bob Schieffer — are asking in lieu of raising the issue of global warming.
The video points out that in the more than 120 interviews and debates with the candidates in 2007, the five political show hosts collectively have asked 2,275 questions. Of those questions, these journalists have only uttered the words “global warming” or “climate change” three times.
“Combating global warming is the single greatest challenge of our generation. The scientific community has warned that ‘time is running out,’” said League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski. “Which begs the question: What are these journalists waiting for?”
LCV has launched a petition to these five journalists calling on them to publicly acknowledge that the science on global warming is settled and that it presents an urgent threat. The group also called on the journalists to make the issue a priority in their interviews with all candidates.
“The decisions our next president makes on global warming will determine our future,” continued Karpinski. “It is time for these journalists to focus on the human race, not the horse race.”
Beyond only mentioning the words ‘global warming’ three times, the hosts have only asked 24 questions this year on issues related to the climate crisis, such as fuel efficiency standards and oil subsidies.
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV’s mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies.