Who's to Blame for the Climate Crisis? Here's Rolling Stone's List

I will add quickly, that we beat Rolling Stone to the punch a few months ago, with our list of theworld's most heinous climate villains, but hey, there's still some great stuff in the magazine's "12 Politicians and Execs Blocking Progress on Global Warming."

While the list has some predictables like the Koch Brothers, Sarah Pailin, Darrell Issa and Bjørn Lomborg -- my favorite was their #1 -- Rupert Murdoch. Here's what they had to say:

No one does more to spread dangerous disinformation about global warming than Murdoch. In a year of record heat waves in Africa, freak snowstorms in America and epic flooding in Pakistan, the Fox network continued to dismiss climate change as nothing but a conspiracy by liberal scientists and Big Government. Glenn Beck told viewers the Earth experienced no warming in the past decade -- the hottest on record. Sean Hannity declared that "global warming doesn't exist" and speculated about "the true agenda of global-warming hysterics." Even Brian Kilmeade, co-host of the chatty Fox & Friends, laughed off the threat of climate change, joking that the real problem was "too many polar bears."

Murdoch s entire media empire, it would seem, is set up to deny, deny, deny ...

Murdoch knows better. In 2007, he warned that climate change "poses clear, catastrophic threats" and promised to turn News Corp. into a model of carbon neutrality. But at his media outlets, manufacturing doubt about global warming remains official policy. During the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen, the Washington editor of Fox News ordered the network's journalists to never mention global warming "without immediately pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question." Murdoch may be striving to go green in his office buildings, but on air, the only thing he's recycling are the lies of Big Coal and Big Oil.

You can read the rest of their list here.

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at January 24, 2011, 10:11am

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