CNBC Again? Marshall Institute Chairman Brings Hitler Into Climate Conversation

Tue, 2014-07-15 18:08Kevin Grandia
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CNBC Again? Marshall Institute Chairman Brings Hitler Into Climate Conversation

In a live interview on CNBC, William Happer, chairman of the Marshall Institute, stated that the “demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.”

This is not the first time Happer has said this, and watching the interview it seems as though the CNBC host was keen to see Happer make the ugly analogy again. 

As Media Matters points out, CNBC introduces Happer as an “industry expert” on climate change, but fails to mention that Happer has never published any scientific research in the field.

I am just speculating, but maybe CNBC meant “industry expert” in the sense that Happer's Marshall Institute is an “expert” at getting millions from the fossil fuel “industry” and right-wing foundations over the years to support their ongoing attack on the science of climate change.

CNBC has been on a roll lately when it comes to promoting climate deniers like Happer. Two weeks ago, Republic Report revealed that a CNBC commentary editor accidently emailed DeSmogBlog looking to invite the economist Alan Carlin to write an op-ed for their website on “just his general thoughts on global warming being a hoax.”

You can watch Happer's appearance below, but before you do that, take a minute to sign the petition I started over on Credo Mobilize that has a whopping 79,000-plus signatures from people asking CNBC's managing editor, Allan Wastler, for an on-air apology for his network's repeated attempts to mislead the public about climate change. 


This is a guest post by Zach Roberts.

As a documentary producer, I watch more than my fair share of environmental protest documentaries — probably about 20 a year. And almost all of them have the same, vague message: we need to do something!

Their scenes re-play like a bad video montage in my mind: earnest young people speaking at podiums, boring climatologists rambling on about the coming end of the world, forest fires, melting ice shelves, you know how it goes. In the lefty journalism world, we call this “preaching to the choir.”

Then there's Disruption,...

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