mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Confronting the Climate Cranks on Capitol Hill (VIDEO)

Yesterday, Mark and several members of Generation Hot ventured up to Capitol Hill to confront key Climate Cranks. We wanted to know why Republicans refuse to admit that man-made climate change is real, happening now, and extremely dangerous.
We had respectful exchanges with Senator Inhofe and with an energy industry PR flack who literally said “the science doesn’t matter.”

We also tried to speak with Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton, who kept walking and shut the door in our face — but that’ll be another video.

Watch our video of the climate cranks and see for yourself.

UPDATE 02.23.11
Here is the raw footage that we captured, for anyone who is interested.



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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.