Mr. Watts, I read your gleeful headline: "We’re winning – National Public Radio guts its climate reporting team." I'm thinking that could be your best line ever, perfectly summing up the Republican/Libertarian mentality and their agenda when it comes to learning about our home planet:
"Shut up, go away! It's about THE ECONOMY STUPID !"
Or as Anne Gudenkauf, senior supervising editor of NPR’s science desk puts it; 'the environment doesn’t necessarily requires dedicated reporters.'
Who cares about our wondrous planet or the biosphere we all depend on.
But, no. It's as though every year less and less people want to know about any of it. As though apathy towards our life sustaining biosphere has become the new coping mechanism in the face of current difficulties and those frightening, but indisputable, trends and changes that are afoot all around us.
And what's next? Why not shut down observations, and scientific studies? Perhaps you can destroy some scientific records? Oh yea, already happening big time in Canada, of all places, (see following notes). That way when keeping track of their oil spill "incidents" they can rubber-stamp the reports "No reported impacts to any water body or wildlife" - nothing to compare it to, nothing to report. How tidy, fulfilling their commitment to society. Yes, sir.
When it comes to our society's impacts on the atmosphere, oceans and climate, your message is loud and clear: SHUT UP.
If forced to hear the news; you'll refuse to consider it,
outright attack it and then attack the messengers.
You already have your truth, don't need no more.
I've included Anthony's subsequent post regarding latest NPR emasculating, he didn't have anything else to add. One sentence said it all. Following that some further reading.
Watts Up With That | October 25, 2014