Fox News headliner Glenn Beck
usually isn't much of a friend to the environmentalist movement; it was only a few days ago that he included "global warming"
in a list of destructive lies foisted on the American public, and a few days before that that he seemed to recommend ritual suicide
for scientists affiliated with the IPCC. It's a stance, one or two
steps beyond skepticism, that Beck shares with most of his Fox
News colleagues. So it was surprising to learn, in the course of Dennis McCafferty's breezy USA Weekend profile
, that Beck is apparently a member of the global-warming faithful in his private life:
be an idiot not to notice the temperature change," he says. He also
says there’s a legit case that global warming has, at least in part,
been caused by mankind. He has tried to do his part by buying a home
with a "green" design and using energy-saving products. "I’m willing to
do anything but use the CFLs," he says of compact fluorescent light
bulbs. "I put them in once and couldn't stand the way they lit up the
Was Beck misquoted? Taken out of context,
maybe? The news host spoke to the issue a few days ago, complaining
about inaccuracies in McCafferty's piece. But Mother Jones's Kate Sheppard notes
that while "Beck had plenty of criticism
of the USA Weekend
story... he didn't raise any objections to the article's portrayal of
his environmental views." Perhaps Beck has had a change of heart--which
would make his tiff with Al Gore in this Babbleheads cartoon
seem sadly dated.
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