Tonight, Friday, August 16 at 8pm EST, MSNBC's Chris Hayes will air a special documentary on the politics of addressing global climate change. When it is noteworthy for any news network to do even a segment or two on climate change, it is worth-mentioning when one focuses a full hour on the topic. Hayes is one of the best cable news journalists covering climate, so it should be an interesting look at how political partisanship here in the US is holding back urgently needed political action to address this global crisis.
Here's how MSNBC's Collier Meyerson describes the documentary:
The documentary begins after Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 super storm that left at least 147 dead and $65 billion in damages along the east coast of the United States. Affected areas are still digging their way out of the economic and emotional hole brought on by the storm. But was Sandy an aberration? Or should we expect severe storms like Sandy to recur?
The answer is—yes. Without immediate intervention, extreme weather is predicted to continue and even worsen, the documentary reports. Last year was already the hottest year ever recorded for the continental United States, according to the National Climatic Data Center at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Here's the trailer for The Politics of Power
And a segment showing a tour of the World Trade Center's energy efficiency.
On Thursday, Hayes joined Huffington Posts' Kate Sheppard, The New York Times' Andrew Revkin, ClimateProgress' Joe Romm, May Boeve, executive director at 350.org and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green for All for a Google+ Hangout on these same issues.
Below are some other promos and clips from the program:
In this clip, Hayes exposes the illogic of climate deniers saying that climate change isn't real, simply because they don't like the fact that it requires government action to address.