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MSNBC’s Tur Touts Climate as ‘Positive Consequence of the Pandemic’

‘An unexpected yet positive consequence of the pandemic has been a drop in pollution, specifically carbon pollution, which fell 17% worldwide at the peak of the global stay-at-home orders’
By Grabien Staff

TUR: “An unexpected yet positive consequence of the pandemic has been a drop in pollution, specifically carbon pollution, which fell 17 percent worldwide at the peak of the global stay-at-home orders. That’s mostly the result of fewer vehicles on the road, but also fewer planes in the sky and factories being closed as well. My next guest argues that that is, though, a drop in the bucket when it comes to what is needed to address climate change. ... Even in the months of this lockdown, we’re not getting to the number — the percentage that we need to really cut down on climate change and it’s going to climb right back up once everybody is let out. It seems like, Michael, we are in a really unique position right to effect that change, to change our habits since we’re all locked down. What would you advise?”

MANN: “Yeah, and that’s the good news, right? What this shows us is that we can have a positive impact on our environment. ... What I’m hoping is that we take away the right messages from this episode, that we understand that we need to find a way to live sustainably on this planet. ... We need to literally decarbonize our economy. We need politicians who are willing to support policies that will help us do that.”

TUR: “Well, explain what that means, decarbonizing our economy.”

MANN: “Yeah. Yeah, it literally means moving away from the burning of fossil fuels for transport and power generation and everything else. ... We need politicians who are willing to support policies to price carbon, put a price on carbon. It should cost you something when you dump pollution into the atmosphere.”
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TUR: “If there was one single thing that we could change tomorrow, what would it be?”

MANN: “It would be the leadership that we have in Washington, D.C.”
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TUR: “If we go back to our normal ways, the opportunity that we have in front of us to cut down on carbon, to really make an impact on climate change, will have gone.”

(h/t NewsBusters)

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