Business journalists eschew climate change deniers

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. klem says:

    ” 24 of the 47 substantial mentions or segments on climate change in 2013 on CNBC, or about 51 percent, cast doubt on whether man-made climate change even existed.”

    This is exactly right. Once again the author cannot communicate the story clearly to the reader. Let me help; most businesses need to assess risk, and a changing climate is a valid risk which businesses are now considering. Why they have not been doing this for the past 100 years is not known, but at least they are considering the risk now. They do not care at all if it is human or naturally caused, they are simply assessing the potential risk to their business. CNBC reporters now understand that the climate changes whether humans exist or not, whether today’s climate change is human-caused is merely speculation. So news reporters have it right. Business are now assessing the risk as they should have been doing all along, and the author is merely deluded himself into believing that climate change is due to human activity alone. CNBC is right, and they are ahead of the curve.

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