Business Journalists: Climate Change Deniers Have No Place in Our Reporting | Blog | Media Matters for America
Climate change deniers should not be given a place in business coverage at a time when industries from agriculture to insurance are making real financial decisions dealing with its impact, according to some of the nation's top business journalists.Flashback: Buffett's Charlie Munger Says Cap And Trade Is "Monstrously Stupid" (CLIP) - Business Insider
Michael Hiltzik, a veteran Los Angeles Times business columnist, agreed.
"I accept the evidence of climate change," he said. "I don't think I've ever run into a legitimate business leader or business owner in the course of my reporting who doesn't. I think, for the most part, it is settled science and the debate is really over what to do about it."
Felicity Barringer, a New York Times reporter who has covered both business and the environment, said bringing in a climate change denier to a business story on climate change serves no purpose when so much evidence [like what, specifically?] is in the other direction.
Munger, though, if the past is any indication, doesn't really care to limit emissions at all. Here's his take on global warming from a 2007 investor meeting: "So what we are really talking about with global warming is dislocation. Dislocations could cause agony though. The sea level rising would be resolved with enough time and enough capital. I don't think it's an utter calamity for mankind though. You'd have to be a pot-smoking journalism student to think that."