NBC Continues to Fear Monger on Climate Change: ‘A Sobering Forecast’

Once again, NBC was out to scare its viewers about the threat of man-made climate change. Appearing on the Sunday, May 4 NBC Nightly News, Ann Curry narrated a 2 minute 30 second piece that attempted to instill panic in its viewers about the supposed dire state of the world’s climate. 

Curry began her report by showing video of cars falling off of a street in Baltimore, Maryland after a heavy rainstorm before bemoaning that this “is one example of extreme weather events that may be more common in the future.” [See video below.] 

Host Lester Holt introduced the segment by hyping “An alarming new report on climate change is expected to be released this week by the federal government. The latest in a series of influential studies on the topic. A draft of the report includes a sobering forecast about how climate and weather conditions may change here in the United States.”  

Curry’s climate change alarmism continued as she promoted the new National Climate Assessment report:

The warming is primarily driven by human activity and predicts temperatures in the U.S. could soar by as much as 10 degrees by 2100. Snow and rain in the Northeast could increase by nearly a third. Hurricanes in the Southeast could be stronger, with some areas, quote, highly vulnerable to sea level rise. And wildfires in the Southwest like the one near Los Angeles on Thursday could increase, with more intense drought. 

The global warming freak-out didn't stop, with Curry interviewing Andriana Quintereo of the activst group Natural Resources Defense Council to proclaim that “Climate change threatens to completely alter the way we live, from the way we produce our food to where we live, how we live.” Curry clearly sympathized with her liberal guest and declared “The elderly, the sick, and the poor are the most vulnerable to the health impacts, according to the report. Children too. This is personal for you?” 

Curry’s guest then laments how she sees her children’s future “ being very dicey and very unpredictable” before the NBC reporter chastises Congress for not taking up climate change legislation: “While policymakers debate climate change, the vast majority of climate scientists say its already begun in time for the country to prepare.” 

Of course, Curry didn’t bother to include any quotes or soundbites of any skeptics of NBC’s climate change agenda, and instead used the opportunity to squash any debate on manmade climate change. 

Unsurprisingly, NBC’s global warming hysteria is nothing new. Just last month Ann Curry hosted a so-called documentary called “Our year of extremes.” The documentary gave no air time to climate change skeptics and repeated the myth that “97 percent” of climate scientists agree climate change exists. 

See relevant transcript below. 


NBC

NBC Nightly News 

May 4, 2014

6:41 p.m. Eastern 

LESTER HOLT: An alarming new report on climate change is expected to be released this week by the federal government. The latest in a series of influential studies on the topic. A draft of the report includes a sobering forecast about how climate and weather conditions may change here in the United States. NBC’s Ann Curry tonight with some of the key points.

ANN CURRY: This scene, a street collapsing after a heavy downpour in Baltimore last week is one example of extreme weather events that may be more common in the future, according to a draft of the National Climate Assessment. The report by a 60-member committee, including the Defense Department, the American Cancer Society, and Chevron, in addition to climate scientists says the warming is primarily driven by human activity and predicts temperatures in the U.S. could soar by as much as 10 degrees by 2100. Snow and rain in the Northeast could increase by nearly a third. Hurricanes in the Southeast could be stronger, with some areas, quote, highly vulnerable to sea level rise. And wildfires in the Southwest like the one near Los Angeles on Thursday could increase, with more intense drought. 

CHRIS DONOVAN: The drought creates drier vegetation.

CURRY: Fire chief Chris Donovan in Monrovia, California is already preparing. 

DONOVAN: Now we’re finding with this drought condition that the fuel moistures are low year round. 

CURRY: The report also outlines risk to our food supply, threatening crops in the Midwest and shellfish in the Pacific Northwest. The findings of the draft report have been anticipated by activists like Andriana Quintereo, a mother of two with the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

ANDRIANA QUINTERO: Climate change threatens to completely alter the way we live, from the way we produce our food to where we live, how we live.

CURRY: The elderly, the sick, and the poor are the most vulnerable to the health impacts, according to the report. Children too. This is personal for you? 

QUINTERO: This is personal, yes. Absolutely. 

CURRY: If all the predictions come true, what do you see their future as being? 

QUINTERO: I see their future as being very dicey and very unpredictable. 

CURRY: While policymakers debate climate change, the vast majority of climate scientists say its already begun in time for the country to prepare. Ann Curry, NBC News, New York. 

Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center.