MSNBC's Katy Tur Hypes Global Warming Alarmist Book, 'Need to Scare People'

February 26th, 2019 6:15 AM

On Monday's MSNBC Live with Katy Tur, host Tur devoted the last six minutes of her show to the book, The Uninhabitable Earth, by David Wallace-Wells of New York magazine. The New York Times has also promoted the Wallace-Wells call to panic.

The MSNBC host suggested that there has developed a "need to scare people" on the issue and make them "hair-on-fire alarmed" as she gave the global warming alarmist an unchallenged forum to promote his views.

At 2:52 p.m. Eastern, the MSNBC host introduced the segment: "It is much, much worse than you think.' That's the first line of a new book devoted to explaining why you shouldn't just be worried about climate change -- you should be hair-on-fire alarmed."

She continued: "A deadly increase in wildfires, water scarcity, drought, flooding, mass famine, mass disease -- all potentially in the lifetime of your toddler." 

Tur talked up the importance of scaring people on the issue as she introduced her guest:

There's been a debate among environmentalists, among climate change scientists and those talking about it -- about how alarmist scientists should be about the pace of change and what could happen in the next 80 or so years. It seems like more scientists are leaning towards that we need to really sound the alarm, and we need to scare people.

After Wallace-Wells went through what he called a "terrifying" list of consequences that he predicts will happen over the next few decades, Tur brought up the recent large-scale wildfires in California as the two suggested global warming is to blame.

Meterologist and global warming skeptic Joe Bastardi has notably argued that the patterns of rain and drought that have helped feed recent wildfires do not amount to evidence supporting climate alarmism, and has also argued that an increase in the number of humans moving into greater parts of the California wilderness has also factored into recent increases in wildfire fire magnitude.

Nearing the end of the segment, she asked: "Your book is scary. How do you convince people to read an entire book about an uninhabitable Earth -- a scary book about the future?"

She then brought up recent activity by the Trump administration as she concluded by following up: "And what do you think of the White House now convening a panel of scientists in order to combat what is the accepted analysis of climate change?"

Wallace-Wells began his response: "It's terrible -- it's horrible -- it's, you know, morally abhorrent."