Eliminating the coal industry? No big deal. CBS This Morning on Tuesday glossed right over objections to the Biden/Kerry radical climate agenda. In an exclusive interview, CBS This Morning’s Roxana Saberi ignored Republican concerns and instead acted as an environmental PR agent. Pushing from the left, she demanded, “How can the U.S. continue to be a world leader on climate change if President Biden won't be able to get the main parts of the agenda passed?”
After getting a mixed answer, the journalist demanded, “Will he act outside of Congress?” Saberi alternated between prompting Biden’s special enjoy for climate to do more and softballs: “We saw the video of your granddaughter sitting on your lap as you signed the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016. Should they be worried?” The unsubtle CBS graphic for the segment? “CLIMATE CATASTROPHES.”
As for complications, the reporter left the idea of eliminating the coal industry to the final sentence of her report: “Over the past two days here in London. Kerry and officials over 50 different countries met to find ways to make it happen. They discussed how to cut global emissions ahead of a big U.N. summit this fall. But there are sticking points, like phasing out coal.”
Republicans were similarly dismissed in a single reference: “In the U.S., the world's second largest emitter, key parts of the President’s climate plan, like a clean energy standard and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, have faced opposition by many Republican lawmakers who say the measures would kill jobs. Kerry disagrees.” Oh, well, okay then. If Kerry disagrees, no point in talking about it.
Using his typically haughty tone, the former senator simply insisted, “Jobs of a different kind will be available.” What are these jobs? He didn’t say. CBS didn't care.
As for Saberi’s question about whether his granddaughter should be concerned about climate change, CBS has certainly hyped that kind of fear mongering. On April 22, 2021, This Morning touted panicked teens who have “climate anxiety” during Earth Day.
A transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.
CBS This Morning
7:39 AM ET
GAYLE KING: This morning our series Eye on Earth looks at how weather disasters in the U.S. and around the world are an alarming wakeup call for extreme heat and wildfires to deadly floods. The scientists say climate change is driving a series of catastrophes this summer. More than 200 of the world’s leading climate scientists are meeting right now to finalize a landmark UN report. Roxana Saberi asked John Kerry, he’s President Biden’s special enjoy for climate, if the disasters are spurring world leaders to take action. This is an interview you’ll see only on CBS News.
ROXANA SABERI: Wildfires raging across the west, Canada, even Siberia. Deadly floods sweeping through Europe. And China and heat waves hitting the U.S.
JOHN KERRY: This is a direct impact of the climate crisis.
SABERI: John Kerry told us these are everyday signs of the devastation unleashed by climate change. Do you feel there is a new sense of urgency internationally to do something faster against climate change?
KERRY: I think there's a growing sense of urgency, but I don't think it's quite at the peak level it needs to be on a coordinated basis around the planet because there's an enormous amount we have to do.
SABERI: And we're on a tight deadline. Kerry has been traveling around the world calling on countries to do more to cut planet warming greenhouse gas emissions coming from power plants, transportation and industries.
KERRY: We've got to reduce emissions significantly enough between 2020 and 2030 that we are able to keep alive the limit on the Earth's temperature rise.
SABERI: Under the 2015 Paris Climate Treaty, nearly 190 countries committed to limit global warming to three degrees Fahrenheit this century. But the U.N. says the world is already around two degrees hotter than pre-industrial levels contributing to melting ice, rising sea levels and dryer droughts around the world. In the U.S., the world's second largest emitter, key parts of the President’s climate plan, like a clean energy standard and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, have faced opposition by many Republican lawmakers who say the measures would kill jobs. Kerry disagrees.
KERRY: Jobs of a different kind will be available.
SABERI: How can the U.S. Continue to be a world leader on climate change if President Biden won't be able to get the main parts of the agenda passed?
KERRY: Oh, I think the President will get climate done.
SABERI: Will he act outside of Congress?
KERRY: I think the President will do everything he possibly can.
SABERI: And Kerry says signs like these will be increasingly hard to ignore.
KERRY: We have a window of opportunity to win this battle and so young people are now asking the adults to behave like adults and actually get it done.
SABERI: You have children and grandchildren.
SABERI: We saw the video of your granddaughter sitting on your lap as you signed the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016. Should they be worried?
KERRY: I don't want them to be worried. I'm confident we'll get to a low carbon, net zero carbon economy. I'm worried we won't get there in time. So, this is a race against time and our own indifference and procrastination. We have to make this happen.
SABERI: And over the past two days here in London. Kerry and officials over 50 different countries met to find ways to make it happen. They discussed how to cut global emissions ahead of a big U.N. summit this fall. But there are sticking points, like phasing out coal. Anthony?