[Ed. – When did Todd earn his degree in climatology or some other science that would enable him to make this statement definitively?]
NBC devoted the full hour of Sunday’s “Meet the Press” to climate change, featuring an interview with Michael Bloomberg vowing to elevate its role in the White House race.
Why it matters: It’s a rare star turn for climate change on the Sunday shows and potentially a sign of growing political prominence for a topic that’s typically a second-tier focus in national elections and on Capitol Hill.
“We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter. And human activity is a major cause, period. We’re not going to give time to climate deniers. The science is settled, even if political opinion is not.”
— Chuck Todd at the open of today’s show
The show also includes comments from NASA climate scientist Kate Marvel.
The big picture: The segment comes after California’s devastating wildfire season and recent reports from the Trump administration and the United Nations about the consequences of warming and the closing window for aggressive steps to hold the expected global temperature rise in check.