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View Diary: Bill Nye versus Marsha Blackburn on Meet The Press: Climate Change Politics (261 comments)

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  •  "Cost Benefit Analysis" (6+ / 0-)

    One of the most jarring statements.
    "Cost benefit analysis." Think about that for a minute. She might have well have said, "how much is it going to cost, and who is it going to benefit?" And if it costs the "wrong" people anything, and doesn't benefit the "right" people (Hint: they are the same people) well, then we just can't do it.

    Two other gripes about this:

    Al Roker. Al's a funny guy, and he did tell Rush that he was full of it over the term "polar vortex" but he's not a climate scientist. You wouldn't go see a cardiologist for a broken arm. They are both doctors, but very different disciplines. And NBC knows that he gives a veneer of credibility, because, hey, does the viewer really know the difference?  

    Seemed like Gregory was steering the debate to the "politics" of it, not the science. The debate was not,"is this real, is it at least partially man-made, and what can we do about it?" It was "who believes, can we get consensus and do anything?". At one point Nye, just threw up his hands, and said, "I'm not a politician.". To me it seemed that Nye had not prepared for an extensive political discussion.


    "Liberty" is a living wage. "Freedom" is not worrying about your medical bills.

    by billybam on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 07:05:17 PM PST

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    •  As far as Gregory goes... (3+ / 0-)
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      I think a good analogy for the news value and journalistic content of shows like Meet The Press to actual journalism is roughly like the relationship of professional wrestling to the actual sport of wrestling.  

      If Nye threw up his hands at one point, it was probably because of his expectations about being in one milieu and realizing he was in a rather different one.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 07:12:17 PM PST

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      •  Well someone needs to get to Nye and tell him (2+ / 0-)
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        "You're not in science now. You are in politics about science. You need to get up to speed and prepare your game.
        If you don't like this, you should go back to science instruction, no harm no foul, we love you."
        He could theoretically be brutally effective against the likes of Blackburn. In which case he will become locked out by the media in short order. That in itself will be effective communication.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 07:28:13 PM PST

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    •  Yes, so government needs to come up with whatever (1+ / 0-)
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      subsidy is necessary to make fighting global warming even more profitable than business as usual to the too big to fail fossil fuel firms.  Both set all too big to fail fossil fuel firms up with a renewable energy replacement product AND pay them a higher price for their fossil fuel reserves as mineral rights than they can get for them dug up and put on a train to those who want to burn them.

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