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How Climate Change Is Worsened by Attacks on the Public Sector, Science and Regulation

What's missing from today's discussions is not just the words "climate change," but the words "public sector."

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AMY GOODMAN: And do TV climatologists feel that direct pressure, being told, "Don’t raise these issues. You know, stick to the temperature, stick to the records and the record breaking, but don’t talk about what’s behind it all"?

JEFF MASTERS: Yeah, it depends on the particular meteorologist and particular station, but, yeah, of course, I mean, there’s a lot of pressure. You get a lot of blowback when you start talking about these issues. You get a lot of angry people writing you. Sometimes it may be an astroturf-type issue, where there is paid people out there that are writing letters and, you know, putting pressure on people not to talk about climate change. But there is also a lot of genuine confusion among people, and a lot of people feel very passionately that climate change is not an issue. And they’re being swayed by some of these very powerful media campaigns being waged by the oil companies.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you all for being with us, Jeff Masters, who is with Weather Underground; Suzanne Goldenberg U.S. environment correspondent of  The Guardian, just came back from reporting on the forest fires in Colorado. Thanks so much to Christian Parenti. His latest book is just coming out in paperback this next week,  Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.

Amy Goodman is the host of the nationally syndicated radio news program, Democracy Now! .

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