#PodestaEmails – Green group asks Hillary campaign manager to 'put pressure on TV networks' to link severe weather and climate

From the “say anything” department, comes this email where the League of Conservation Voters asks Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta to “…help us pressure the evening news programs at CBS, NBC, and ABC to make climate science central to their extreme weather coverage this year?”.


The second half of the email is a form letter, and it says:

This is ridiculous.

From record-breaking heat waves and massive wildfires to historic droughts and Superstorm Sandy, we’ve seen with our own eyes the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events this past year. Yet in reporting on these disastrous events, the nightly news programs at the major broadcast networks have largely ignored what is fueling this extreme weather – climate change.

As the effects of climate change cause hardship for families across America, we need better coverage if we want people to connect the dots and demand real action to curb global warming pollution.

I agree with the ridiculous part, though not in the way they want. For example, “global warming pollution”. WTF? It is unknown if Podesta took the bait or not, but I do know the link in the email to generate what looks like a letter from Podesta is still active at LCV. I followed it, and it generated this:


Apparently “global warming pollution” was too stupid to include in that letter. And it seems to not have worked, because in January 2014, Media Matters lamented that TV coverage still hadn’t met what happened in 2009, the year “ClimateGate” and the CopenHagen Climate Conference occured:

A Media Matters analysis reveals that news coverage of climate change on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX picked up in 2013 over the previous year, but remained lower than a 2009 high. Furthermore, while one Sunday show interviewed scientists about climate change, distinguishing itself as the first such program to do so in five years, these shows continued to rely largely on media figures and Republicans to dictate the conversation around global warming.

Media Offered Tepid Coverage Despite Major Report, Presidential Speech, And Scientific Milestone On Climate Change. In 2013, top international climate scientists released a major report on the state of climate science, following up on a 2007 report. The report found that the science on climate change has only gotten stronger during those six years, determining with 95 percent certainty that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming. Additionally, President Barack Obama delivered a major speech entirely focused on climate change, which former Vice President Al Gore hailed as the “best address on climate by any president ever.” The atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, the most important heat-trapping gas driving climate change, also surpassed a long-feared milestone of 400 parts per million — an amount never seen before in human history. And extreme weather events made more likely or worsened by climate change also drew widespread coverage, even as the climate connection was ignored: near-record floodwaters washed over the Midwest, devastating wildfires swept the western United States, and the worst cyclone to make landfall on record struck the Philippines, wiping out entire communities and killing thousands of people. Despite all this, broadcast news’ climate coverage remained relatively low.

It isn’t hard to see why this attempt at linking severe weather and climate failed. It simply isn’t true.

Both the IPCC and the journal Nature didn’t see any significant climate to weather connections then:

Pielke Jr. Agrees – ‘Extreme weather to climate connection’ is a dead issue

Nature editorial dashes alarmist hopes of linking extreme weather events to global warming

And then there’s the news media problem itself:

Why it seems that severe weather is “getting worse” when the data shows otherwise – a historical perspective

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October 26, 2016 6:10 pm

Government-induced “climaphobia”. Fear of natural occurrences. What a useful tool it is, for extorting trillions of dollars, around the world, wasting money on faux-fixes for the climate. Governments are wasting money, that could be spent on far more important and pressing concerns! The climate scam serves only as a tool, to assist the globalists, in their goals.

October 26, 2016 6:17 pm

Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
BOOM. Though a Podesta email push probably not necessary for the progressive mainstream media to link ‘Extreme Weather’ with ‘Climate Change’ – it’s become their national pet-pastime.

Reply to  Climatism
October 27, 2016 4:47 am

“progressive mainstream media to link ‘Extreme Weather’ with ‘Climate Change’ – it’s become their national pet-pastime. ”
But put on the back burner. Front & center now is getting HRC elected, at any cost.

October 26, 2016 6:21 pm

One needs only remove all the cell phone videos from the daily news cycle to understand why fewer events appear to be more.

Paul Westhaver
October 26, 2016 6:22 pm

It is helpful that there is a nasty paper trail of contrivance and activism on the part of the media/democrats/greens/ClubofRome.
But come on off it. We knew and know that it is happening. Seth Borenstein…. is he coordinating… of course he is.
Does this fall under RICO as a violation?

October 26, 2016 6:23 pm

Postmodernism – there is no Truth, only Narratives.

halftide rock
October 26, 2016 6:24 pm

Do you really want these Sophists making decisions that will continue to negatively impact the quality of your children’s and grand chlldrens lives? REALLY! If you do, go for it because you will loose and because I make grounded decisions I and my off spring will benefit from your stupidity…. or we can all rise together. Of which choice the latter is my preference because we will soar together. I can fix uninformed but I cant do anything about stupid.

Tom Halla
October 26, 2016 6:28 pm

Podesta demonstrates the perils of putting anything in emails.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 26, 2016 7:03 pm

What peril? They could Wikileak that Illary was on the board of ISIS, funded her campaign by selling Yazidi slaves and was the second shooter of JFK – it wouldn’t make the slightest difference.
I actually saw Wall St make the case today that Illary is SO corrupt that she will actually be good for the economy, as once you’re totally in the pay of big business you can’t implement the anti-business policies you pretended to have to win Bernie supporters! Quite literally, you should vote for our candidate because of how corrupt she is! And then he was shocked when I suggested that didn’t work for Malaysia and sub-Saharan Africa – he couldn’t believe that’s what the US is now being compared to.

Reply to  Andrew
October 26, 2016 9:19 pm

Something like 96% of Wall Street’s political contributions go to HRC. Go figure.

October 26, 2016 6:32 pm

The gap between the climate-campaigning ‘Vanessa’s of this world and reality is quite unsettling. I guess they are mostly unaware of it, being too busy with their pursuit of power and influence to have time to study their subject area beyond whatever stories their own subject-matter experts tell them to believe in.

Pat Frank
October 26, 2016 6:51 pm

But then Kevin Trenberth says that extreme weather is the “new normal” due to climate change (sic).
And Nature Climate Change agrees with him. So, we have Nature Climate Change contradicting the editor of Nature Magazine itself. They ought to get their story straight.
Of course, Kevin lied about a hurricane-global warming connection in the past, causing Chris Landsea to resign from the IPCC in protest.
With the latest story, we just see Kevin continuing to inform the public in the only way he knows how.

Jeff Alberts
October 26, 2016 7:12 pm

“For example, “global warming pollution”. WTF?”
That’s what comes out of the posteriors of green groups.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
October 26, 2016 8:03 pm

I disagree. Most of the ‘pollution’ comes from the anterior orifice. The posterior just adds some weight and aroma to the effluence.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  SMC
October 27, 2016 6:50 pm


October 26, 2016 7:31 pm

“It isn’t hard to see why this attempt at linking severe weather and climate failed. It simply isn’t true.”
Being simply not true hasn’t stopped them in the past – or present for that matter. All the right people know climate change is making bad weather worse.

October 26, 2016 7:32 pm

“global warming pollution”. CO2 is a pollutant causing pollution?

Reply to  BallBounces
October 26, 2016 9:21 pm

Yeah, …all that green stuff that continues to spread and cover the mud….

October 26, 2016 7:33 pm

They can’t tell a lie that is too easy to refute. Journalistic objectivity would then require that they cover the skeptics in a positive light. That would be very damaging to their cause.

October 26, 2016 7:42 pm

People aren’t that stupid to buy this tripe time and time again over a period of some 30 plus years and still believe it. There’s only so many times you can guarantee the sun won’t shine the next day and maintain your credibility. MSM has lost all credibility in more matters than weather/climate.

Reply to  markl
October 27, 2016 4:53 am

“People aren’t that stupid to buy this tripe time and time again over a period of some 30 plus years and still believe it”
Wanna bet? It works great with persons under 30, and I work with a few of them. They’re educated and logical engineers that just believe what they’re told by the “experts” on the late night “news” shows.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Paul
October 27, 2016 8:12 am

” They’re educated and logical engineers…” Apparently not!

Reply to  Paul
October 30, 2016 7:18 pm

Unfortunately people like to belong and nothing puts these people on the out quicker than the self Imolating effort to disagree and be politically incorrect. Their peers have been craftily maneuvered with great care into a belief that they are “stuck” with until they can as a group repudiate it.

October 26, 2016 7:44 pm

What “extreme weather” do they want lied about? Like they lied about Hurricane Matthew?

Ian W
Reply to  mikelowe2013
October 27, 2016 4:35 am

Hurricane Matthew the lone Category 3 storm in over 10 years that almost made landfall on the continental US. That is hardly an increase in powerful storms.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  mikelowe2013
October 27, 2016 6:21 am

Exactly. As hurricanes go, Matthew was very run of the mill. And statistically speaking, quite late too. Looking at the records, one would have expected several of them over the last 10 years. So yeah, they lied about the frequency, and the severity. As to Matthew specifically, they lied about that too. They were warning about how destructive it would be, but compared to other hurricanes in the past, it was not particularly powerful or “extreme” in any way.

October 26, 2016 7:52 pm

Unreal, this story is three and a half years old, compared to what has happened since Feb 2013 this is a nothing story., sorry no stars for this one. To me it just re-iterates how corrupted they all are but then we knew that. Climate change pollution? That must have been written by a grade 7 . ( co authored with her/his teacher.) Is this group for real and does it still exist and have some sort of influence? That would be more interesting. So I did a bit of digging,
Here is a link to a Dec 5 2015 articlehttp://grist.org/climate-energy/why-the-league-of-conservation-voters-was-wrong-to-endorse-hillary-clinton/
and this one is I think their home page:http://www.lcv.org/?referrer=https://www.google.ca/
They do think very highly of them selves and is probably why I have never heard of them. But that can be dangerous, never under estimate anybody especially the screechers.
They are everywhere seemingly in every State in the SE and if you go on Google search they seem to have chapters in every part of the country ( although a web page can be put anywhere of course).
Here is a fact check:http://www.factcheck.org/2014/02/league-of-conservation-voters/
Have fun.

Stephen Greene
October 26, 2016 8:30 pm

This girl has NO science in her background except Political Science from Vassar no less yet she knows more than all the scientists and even the IPCC.

Reply to  Stephen Greene
October 26, 2016 9:57 pm

Yes, even IPCC, in 2012, reported that they did not expect global warming to cause more wild weather events for a couple of decades.

Reply to  Stephen Greene
October 27, 2016 1:25 am

Stephen Greene, Double Major! Latin American and Latino and Latina Studies AND Political Science
Hey, 4 years at Vassar will run you upwards of a quarter million.They must have filled her brain with SOMETHING for that kind of money. And before anybody sniggers, I bet nobody here calls Podesta “Hey John”

October 26, 2016 8:55 pm

Not telling the truth is one of Mrs. Clinton’s trade marks. Maybe the real cause of climate change is a video.

October 26, 2016 9:06 pm

In case you get your news from CNN, network news, etc. and missed it…
Today was a day which may significantly change the world. I try to avoid the purely political posts, but today I will make an exception because it has been such an exceptional day.
First, if you have not viewed the four videos from Project Veritas Action, then keep an open mind and do so. Look past the drama and millennial style and you will see operatives at various levels of the Clinton campaign implicate themselves in disgusting, and likely illegal activities. In the fourth film, money controlled by a foreign national is moved from an offshore account for use by the Clinton-controlled folks. Apparently there is more to come. Watch them in order 1-4.
Meanwhile, the WikiLeaks continue to come out, and several illegal acts have been described by Clinton’s own staff, with more to come.
But the real blockbuster dropped from the blue in the (large) form of Kim Dotcom. Look him up. Today he gave the “missing” emails, the ones that were “scrubbed”, to WikiLeaks for formatting and verification. Kim also provided instructions to Congress to obtain legal copies from the NSA. The fictional Thomas Crown was a piker by comparison. If you want to read a good synopsis along with lots of rancorous partisan comments go to :
And meanwhile, you may have forgotten there is voting going on. Is the US finally awakening to the reality that it may not be a good idea to entrust votes to a system which is driven by opaque proprietary software and ultimately owned by an internationalist of vast wealth and power with a long history of making money by destabilizing economies?
Why would I interrupt a climate-oriented page for this crassly political stuff? Because within a few weeks these revelations may also change the landscape in the world of climate change politics. Hang on, because it may be a very bumpy ride.

Reply to  sciguy54
October 26, 2016 9:45 pm

Well, WikiLeaks will have to release them, they’ll have to be verified, and folks will have to read and analyze all 33k+ of them for it to make a difference. An that takes a lot of time, with election day less than 2 weeks away and many ballots already cast. It may just turn out that we learn, after the fact, more about our newly-elected president.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
October 26, 2016 10:21 pm

You may be right, but WL may have actually had them for a while, dunno. Rumors abound about timing and content. And the possibility for surprise is why elections are rarely boring.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
October 27, 2016 9:13 am

Not really, Jim… All that they’ll have to find is:
1) More Emails that are work-related (about 2,000 of these have already been found by referencing cross sources);
2) Pay-to-Play related emails and Bill & Hillary getting personally rich from their connections.
3) Corruption in the primary campaign against Bernie Sanders.
4) Collusion with Super PACs and mainstream media companies.
People won’t be required to read all 33,000 emails to find examples of the above.
Calculated: Hillary said those were all private and consisted of her daughter’s wedding, yoga, baking cookies, etc. The average number of emails she’d have to generate every working day to produce 33,000 over 4 years would be 31.7–just how many of you believe Hillary would write that many “private” emails? And even if that proved to be the case, why were we paying her for spending all day writing “private” emails?? (Maybe that’s why she had no accomplishments as SOS?)
HRC lies about everything substantive.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
October 28, 2016 4:53 pm

Another possibility:
Kim pointed to the emails he claims to have given to Wiki Leaks. The FBI has seen the NSA copies and knows their contents. They are afraid the leaks may start on Tuesday at noon, which would fit the threats and the past pattern of releases. The contents may be so damaging that the investigation was reopened so the potentially affected parties may get into a “room” and negotiate who will take the fall (Hillary) in time to announce by evening news Monday night. The Tuesday release will be avoided. (If Wiki Leaks ever had the emails.)
Make some popcorn and stay tuned.

Reply to  sciguy54
October 28, 2016 10:40 am

It also appears the FBI is reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. They supposedly found some new ones that have caused them to make this public announcement.
Why are they doing this when Comey and the FBI have already exonerated Hillary Clinton for her emails?
It can’t be because they suddenly found classified emails because they have already found classified emails, before they exonerated her.
What I think, is the influence selling Hillary Clinton and her minions are guilty of is coming to light to the point that it is obvious that Hillary and Bill have broken the law, and Comey is using this new investigation to get him into investigating Clinton’s selling of America.
No doubt, Comey does not want to investigate Hillary, but he may have no choice, at least at going through the motions, because numerous people have been asking where is the FBI on these Clinton scandals, and now we have proof that Hillary was using her influence to benefit financially, and Comey cannot change that, so he has to go with it or appear to be an even bigger justice obstructionist than he has proven to be in the past.

Reply to  TA
October 28, 2016 4:55 pm

Sorry, see my reply just above.

Reply to  TA
October 28, 2016 9:27 pm

I believe Comey has been instructed by the top honcho in the White House to open this investigation then, two or three days prior to the election, announce that AGAIN Hillary has been careless but there’s nothing to empanel a Grand Jury and nothing to prevent low-information voters from electing her president.
Wait until such voters find she’s drunk much of the time and can’t make a decision without a committee (it was revealed by Wikileaks recently that it took 12 of her advisers 12 hours and 10 drafts to come up with a single Tweet).
She should retire from politics and promise to stay out in exchange for no legal prosecution; she’d be way, way ahead. But a completely corrupt person just won’t admit it.

October 26, 2016 9:09 pm

Well, I did not realize that the redit URL would expand into the entire article. I apologize for that.

October 26, 2016 10:06 pm

So let’s see if I’m understanding this
“Human Activity” causes Global Warming/Climate Change or whatever they are calling it at the moment
So if here in the US where I live I change my “human activities” then the hurricanes that form by Haiti won’t happen?
And I’m not sure what they mean by “human activity”
I experienced and lived through Hurricane Sandy and I do not believe anything would have prevented it
Not even $10 Billion
I don’t think the weather is any worse then many years ago
I remember my GrandParents talking about the storms/hurricanes/floods they lived through
Weather it’s a part of Life a part of the Earth it’s not going away it will always be there for our enjoyment and for our fear

Chris Hanley
October 26, 2016 10:28 pm

How low can they go?
Despite their pained denials this is confirmation that these people relish weather-related disasters.

October 26, 2016 11:17 pm

California should prepare to a solid rain.

Stephen Greene
October 27, 2016 1:46 am

Please excuse this change of topic but since it is a Podesta post about Liberal corruption, well, here goes:
An open letter to FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and All American Citizens.
My fellow Americans, I live in America and I am an American citizen. Fox News has discovered it was Unanimous amongst the FBI & DOJ non-political investigative professionals that Hillary Clinton must lose her security clearance, and, a clear super-majority of the investigators determined that the evidence warranted a criminal indictment against Mrs. Clinton. If true, claims to the contrary by the politically appointed personnel from the President on down would constitute a clear deception designed to control the outcome of an American Election. This shows that many Democrats, at different levels in the government, have been working in concert to rig the outcome of the Presidential Election. There is no greater level of corruption possible for a nation! All Americans must stand united against corruption whomever is doing it.
The only way to allow Americans to HONESTLY obtain the information needed to make an unbiased, properly informed and equal selection for President, as guaranteed by American law, is to have a 3rd party accounting of the findings by the FBI agents, analysts and DOJ lawyers. This way all the information is available and the process not corrupted by the Email Server Scandal, at the very least. If Fox’s findings are then verified, Pres. Obama and many, many Democrats, especially Hillary Clinton, would need to explain their claims that she is the most qualified candidate in history yet cannot pass the minimum requirements for the position. After all, every single person involved has maintained (LOUDLY) that there was NO POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN THEIR DECISION. Give the Citizens what we need to properly vote! For me, a Donald octopus Trump Trumps a Hillary felon Clinton selection for President of the United States every time. No contest. But for others, this is not true! Give the Voters what was promised, an unbiased election.
I am Deplorable after all I guess but what these people have done to hijack AGW and now the election has literally sickened me! Feel free to pass this along!

October 27, 2016 3:26 am

I’m going to start calling it carbon pro-llution. There are positives, so I’m pro-carbon.

Reply to  climateadj
October 27, 2016 5:12 am

I like that a lot !!
Carbon pro-llution is the So-llution !

October 27, 2016 5:35 am

“Superstorm Sandy”? NO! Subtropical-storm Sandy hit the New Jersey coast in a stretch of shore where many stupid people live who assumed they would never have a storm again. To logical people, that means these dimwits should be considered to be self-insuring and should have received no extraordinary aid. Just stupid people doing stupid things (to themselves, no less).
Why are New Yorkers depressed? Because they realize that the light at the end of the tunnel is New Jersey.

October 27, 2016 7:29 am

Putin-style centralized control is the rage these days.

Bruce Cobb
October 27, 2016 7:45 am

I guess even the MSM have to be reminded every so often who their true masters are.

H. D. Hoese
October 27, 2016 7:50 am

Note the comments tearing up the article, felt a little sorry for the reporter. Watched the storm, maximum surge about equal to maximum tidal range (~7.5′) in Georgia, others less. Predictions have improved, but this one misbehaved at the end.

October 28, 2016 4:13 am

This does not appear to be a personal email. I get emails all the time from, for example, Ron Paul and Amnesty International, and that does not mean I agree with everything they say.

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