Too Complex for Dummies? Ted Turner Explains Why 'Some People Don't Get It' on Global Warming

CNN founder Ted Turner took his UN Foundation show on the road to the northernmost point of Norway -- islands halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole -- on his latest stop to convince the world it’s going to fry in dramatic global warming without massive government intervention.

In a conversation with reporters, Turner tried to be generous with the “deniers” of his apocalyptic vision, which has included a future of major die-offs and cannibalism for the unfortunate few left behind: “It's really easy to understand how some people don’t get it because it’s so complex, and complicated.

Pete Winn of relayed that reporter Sunny Lewis of something called the Environment News Service didn’t so much ask a question as she complained that someone stubborn was gumming up hope and change:

“A few climate skeptics and deniers seem to be holding up action to curb climate change,” Lewis said. “What can be done to convince and persuade these holdouts as to actually realize what so many scientists know and are telling us in urgent terms?”

Turner applauded the question.

“That’s a very good question," he said, "and if we knew the answer to it, we’d already have an energy policy in the United States. You know, my good friend Boone Pickens points out, and absolutely correctly, that the United States, in its history, has never had an energy policy including during the Arab oil shocks of the ‘70s, and we still don’t have (one), and we need to.

“The only thing I can think of, is we just have to keep working, just like we are doing now, and get as much publicity as we possibly can for the issue, and increase the amount of the debate, and persuade people with both the evidence, which is overwhelmingly in favor of climate change being a serious problem, probably the most serious--and in all fairness--the most complex problem that humanity has ever faced,” Turner said.

"Increase the debate?" Global warming activists never want a debate. Turner must mean "increase the panic." It continued:

Referring to climate change skeptics, Turner added: “It's really easy to understand how some people don’t get it because it’s so complex and complicated. But that doesn’t mean we have to do, all of us, do what we can to try to convince people to do the right thing and then motivate them to take the action.”

If you're Turner, you make ridiculous cartoons like Captain Planet and turn your network CNN into a one-stop "climate change" PR shop. Turner's no longer in charge there, but guess who loves the Environmental News Service that's tossing Ted the liberal softballs:

"The place where journalists break environment news!....without you guys, it would be difficult for me to keep my fingers on the pulse of this beat." -- Camille Feanny, Producer, CNN Science and Technology.

Well, that quote may still be on the ENS website, but Feanny is long gone from CNN, and their environmental propaganda lessened dramatically when Turner sold off his control.

Earlier: Turner insists "everybody in the world has got to pledge to themselves that one or two children is it"

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis