George Stephanopoulos's 'This Week' had time to discuss health care, Afghanistan, Ben Bernanke possibly being the "smartest person in the world, and the White House party crashers--but only about 5 minutes for climate change. World leaders, including President Obama, will gather in Copenhagen next week to negotiate a treaty to address the biggest environmental problem in human history--climate change--yet Stephanopoulos gave it short thrift and framed the conversation not about science but about polling. This Sunday, Stephanopoulos welcomed Senators Lindsey Graham and Bernie Sanders to his public affairs show. With roughly 15 minutes of questioning time, he did not address the President's commitment to reduce US emissions by 17 percent by 2020, relative to 2005 levels. China made a large commitment too, breathing new life into the climate negotiations after weeks of speculation that process had stunted.
Graham would have been a good person to ask about climate change since he is one of few Republicans who have voiced support for action. Graham joined Senator John Kerry to write an op-ed calling for a bill to address the twin problems of climate change and energy.
Stephanopoulos then brought on his panel who spent about 3 minutes discussing the 2 people seeking a reality show after they crashed a White House dinner last week, but only 5 minutes for climate change. He also asked his panel to crystal ball a guess how many troops the US will have in Afghanistan at the end of 2010, as if they could possibly know the future of a war that has gone on for 8 years.
The League of Conservation Voters found that the five major Sunday morning political shows asked the presidential candidates over 2,000 questions in 2007, but only three of the questions were on global warming.