Background: Last week, KTSP asked Heartland to provide an “alternative view” for their coverage of the IPCC’s summary report. Heartland President Joseph Bast was happy to oblige via a remote interview during his tour stop in Tampa, Florida last week for promotion of the new climate report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). (Joe’s a trouper! And he wore one of his more attractive ties without a prompt by me!)
Short of a story with the correct angle — that the IPCC is full of (not-so) hot air and a truck load of beans — this is about as good as it gets by the MSM.
I have a lot of favorite parts from this report. It’s hard to top the graphic that shows covers of the IPCC report and the much more attractive and compelling NIPCC report side-by side, presenting them on rightful equal footing. But I also enjoyed the set up, which describes a “controversy” and a “long-running debate” on what is really affecting the climate (news, certainly, to many KSTP viewers.) It was also nice of them to find and run some “B-roll” of Heartland’s Fourth International Conference on Climate Change.
At the end of the report, the anchor says this:
The report issued at the UN today does acknowledge that there is likely no way to stop global warming. It says policies regarding fossil fuel emissions could help slow the process, but it’s likely we will have to find ways to manage the impact of a warmer climate.
Now where have I heard that before? That anchor is ready for promotion to the Big Network!
This is yet another example of what winning the climate debate looks like.