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TV Talking Heads" Questions On Global Warming Increase by a Whopping 33%!

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Contact: David Sandretti, (202) 785-8683 or david_sandretti@lcv.org January 16, 2008  

Washington, DC - After more than a year of debates and interviews with the presidential candidates in which they have asked 2,830 questions, the five top political talk show hosts have now asked a grand total of four questions about global warming.
 
Last Sunday, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked a follow-up question on the topic after Gov. Mitt Romney suggested that one of his rivals plan to address global warming was like "throwing anvils" at Michigan and an auto industry that is in deep water. (transcript below)
 
Whether it was planned or not, Mr. Blitzer deserves credit for recognizing Gov. Romney's attack on Sen. McCain's cap-and-trade proposal.  We only wish that he had asked the Governor one more follow up:  "What is his plan to address global warming?"  Or "Why did you renege on your support for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative you supported as Governor?"  Or "Why did you wait to use this attack in Michigan?"
 
Tonight, as the Democrats gather in Las Vegas to debate, NBC newsman Tim Russert has a chance to finally get on the board by asking a serious question about global warming.  Russert is joining Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams in questioning the candidates.
 
Let's go to the scoreboard!

Tally of Questions (as of January 14, 2008)
Total for 5 Top Political Reporters
Number of Interviews & Debates: 162
Number of Questions: 2,830
Questions That Mention Global Warming: 4
Global Warming Related Questions: 26

Wolf Blitzer (CNN--Late Edition)
Total Number of Interviews & Debates: 39
Total Number of Questions: 402
Questions That Mention Global Warming: 2
Global Warming Related Questions: 3

Tim Russert (NBC--Meet the Press)
Total Number of Interviews & Debates: 25
Total Number of Questions: 827
Questions That Mention Global Warming: 0
Global Warming Related Questions: 12
 
Bob Schieffer (CBS--Face the Nation)
Total Number of Interviews & Debates: 26
Total Number of Questions: 271
Questions That Mention Global Warming: 0
Global Warming Related Questions: 1

George Stephanopoulos (ABC--This Week)
Total Number of Interviews & Debates: 43
Total Number of Questions: 767
Questions That Mention Global Warming: 0
Global Warming Related Questions: 5

Chris Wallace (Fox News--Fox News Sunday)
Total Number of Interviews & Debates: 29
Total Number of Questions: 563
Questions That Mention Global Warming: 2
Global Warming Related Questions: 4

Transcript of CNN Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, january 13, 2008

ROMNEY: Look at Washington. What have they done to help the domestic auto industry? They gave it CAFE standards, which hurt. John McCain and Senator Lieberman are talking about a new form of tax on energy in this country, which would make it even harder on the domestic companies.

Look, you can't keep on throwing anvils at Michigan and the auto industry and then say, how come they're not swimming well?

BLITZER: Well, their point, I believe, is that you have got to do something about global warming, and maybe that would help in dealing with that problem. I think that's what they are recommending. Isn't that your understanding?

ROMNEY: Oh, sure. And there's nothing wrong with dealing with global warming. And it's a high priority for me. But there is a big difference between talking about global warming, which requires global solutions, and the idea of America warming.

No one talks about America warming. If we're going to have solutions that deal, for instance, with a cap in trade program or a BTU tax or anything of that nature, it has to be global in its sweep.

But Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman's proposition is that we do this as America only. A unilateral effort would only cause higher costs here in this country and give the advantage to Japan, to Korea, to China, nations that already have a substantial cost advantage, and drive jobs further away from Detroit, Michigan, and America.
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