Opinion: NBC News Tells Americans to Confess their “Climate Change Sins” while Ignoring the Real Problems
This week, NBC News rolled out “Climate Confessions” -– a web page where you can go to anonymously write your tell-all climate change sins. In their header, NBC opines, “Even those who care deeply about the planet’s future can slip up now and then. Tell us: Where do you fall short in preventing climate change? Do you blast the A/C? Throw out half your lunch? Grill a steak every week?”
While a majority of the responses take NBC’s initiative seriously, others troll the anonymous post board:
I would rather the whole planet burn than give up steak. Kick rocks hippies.
who cares? I’ll do what I like. I’ll floor it in my gas guzzling sports car just for fun. You do not matter to me.
I require at least half a roll of TP when wiping.
Despite NBC’s belief that average Americans contribute to climate change and could impact any meaningful adjustment in overall emissions, the truth is stark when laid bare.
Since 1988, 71% of global emissions come from just 100 companies
Not surprisingly, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, and Chevron were identified as the highest emitting companies since 1988. A report, which details that half of the global industrial emissions since the late ’80s can be traced to 25 corporate and state-owned entities. The report also explains that if fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same pace over the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, global average temperatures would rise by 4° Celsius by the end of the century.
The report shows there is tension between short-term profitability and the urgent need to cut emissions. Anything for a quick buck, even the planet that fosters us, apparently.
America’s carbon emissions have been reduced for decades
During the second Democratic debate, Andrew Yang admitted that America only contributes 15% of the world’s carbon emissions. Major polluters like Iran, the EU, China, and Russia’s emissions are increasing three times in comparison to the decrease in U.S. emissions. U.S. carbon emissions hit its lowest levels since 1992 last year – yet the mainstream media, like NBC News, and politicians act as if America is the brunt of the problem.
Climate change activists preach change yet use private jets and fly first-class
As former President, Obama visited the Everglades on Earth Day, adding 90 tons of carbon to the air. Leonardo DiCaprio flew 8,000 miles in a private jet to accept an award on climate change. DiCaprio, along with Prince Harry, Katy Perry and Barack Obama flew to Italy to discuss climate change, with the stars taking 114 private jets – and even mega yachts – to the event.
Other notable names in attendance were Orlando Bloom, Harry Styles, Bradley Cooper, Nick Jonas, David Geffen and Mark Zuckerberg. If they really wanted to change the world, wouldn’t they practice what they preach?
NBC’s initiative of shaming everyday Americans for their small mistakes when it comes to climate change is certainly not a good look when you realize the problems stem from larger sources. Countries like China and North Korea are massive contributors to emissions – and even then, special attention is usually placed on America’s minuscule emissions.
Corporations and climate change advocates also greatly contribute to the very thing they vow to combat. If climate change is a real issue, the total ignorance in regards to addressing the actual problems means that any true solution will never come to fruition – and if it ever does, it will be too late.