On NBC’s Third Hour todayAl Roker, weatherman and co-host, conducted Tuesday’s gushing interview to Greta Thunberg (hailed her as a radical climate crusader). “the face of the climate movement.” He even fondly recalled Thunberg’s melodramatic meltdown in front of the United Nations in 2019 as “one of the most memorable speeches in U.N. history.”
“Climate activist Greta Thunberg is back. After holding rallies virtually for more than a year, she’s taking to the streets once again, challenging world leaders,”Roker enthusiastically announced the start of the segment. After playing a sounbite of Thunberg bitterly mocking world leaders for making “blah, blah, blah” statements about climate change, Roker touted: “Thunberg’s Fridays for Future marches resumed last month and are gaining momentum ahead of the United Nation’s climate change conference, known as COP26, later this month.”
He then lobbed his first of several softballs: “If you could fill in the ‘blah, blah, blah,’ what words would you want to hear from these leaders?” Thunberg ranted: “I mainly wouldn’t want to hear words because we’ve heard many words, but as it is now, these words aren’t really leading to anything.”
“In 2019, Thunberg grabbed the world’s attention by sailing to New York City on an emissions-free solar powered racing yacht to attend the United Nations General Assembly, giving what became one of the most memorable speeches in U.N. history,”Roker reminisced happily. He failed to mention that Thunberg’s sea voyage gimmick was not actually “emissions-free” because two crew members had to fly to New York from Europe in order to pick up the boat and sail it back.
The “memorable speech” Roker referred to was actually a nasty tantrum that showed how unhinged Thunberg was. The screed was captured in this clip:
What dare you! With your empty words, you have taken my childhood and dreams.You claim that you are listening to us, and you can understand our urgency. Despite how angry and sad I may be, I don’t want to believe this. You would not be good if you understood everything and continued to fail to take action.That I do not believe.
Roker justified the extreme rhetoric: “The then-16-year-old was angry that promises made in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement were not being met, namely by the U.S. and China, who are responsible for 80% of global emissions.”
“What do you think it is going to take for that change to happen?,”Thunberg was asked by the NBC host. She demanded: “It’s a very big task that’s ahead of us. We need to change social norms….if we do not start to treat the crisis like a crisis, then the people around us will not understand that we are in an emergency.”
Of course Roker never pressed her on what she meant by a “change to social norms.”
Wrapping up the segment, Roker assured viewers: “President Biden has pledged to make a major reduction in U.S. greenhouse emissions in order to meet the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement…” He also promoted how “we conducted this interview as part of NBC’s news partnership with Covering Climate Now.” On Earth Day in April of 2020, Roker hailed that “partnership” with the group of radical climate activists masquerading as journalists.
Thunberg is a left-wing media fetish that has existed for many years. Reporters are pressuring Democrats to pass a costly environment agenda.
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This is the complete transcript from the Oct. 12 segment.
9:00 AM ET
AL ROKER: Today Climate is back! Greta Thunberg (18 years old) is the face of climate change. I got a chance to speak with her about the action she wants to see now and her hope for our planet’s future.
GRETA THUNBERG : This is the hope! The people are what bring us hope. People who work together for change are the ones that bring hope.
ROKER. Climate activist Greta Thunberg has returned. After holding rallies virtually for more than a year, she’s taking to the streets once again, challenging world leaders.
GRETA THUNBERG [SEPTEMBER 2021]: Build Back Better, blah, blah, blah. Green economy, blah, blah, blah. Net zero by 2050, blah, blah, blah. Net zero, blah, blah, blah. Climate neutral, blah, blah, blah.
ROKER: Thunberg’s Fridays for Future marches resumed last month and are gaining momentum ahead of the United Nation’s climate change conference, known as COP26, later this month. If you could fill in the “blah, blah, blah,” what words would you want to hear from these leaders?
THUNBERG: I mainly wouldn’t want to hear words because we’ve heard many words, but as it is now, these words aren’t really leading to anything.
ROKER: In 2019, Thunberg grabbed the world’s attention by sailing to New York City on an emissions-free solar powered racing yacht to attend the United Nations General Assembly, giving what became one of the most memorable speeches in U.N. history.
THUNBERG : You are a thief! With your empty words, you have stolen my childhood and dreams. You tell us you listen and understand our need. I don’t want to believe this, no matter how angry or sad I feel. You would not believe that if you understood everything and failed to take action, it was evil.
ROKER: A 16-year-old boy from Russia was upset that pledges made under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement had not been kept, specifically by China and the U.S., both of which account for around 80% global greenhouse gas emissions.
Would you rather wait than take global action?
THUNBERG This situation will get even worse if we keep waiting. These damage will not be reversed.
ROKER – The U.N. has declared that global warming already makes our planet dangerously unfit for human use. Greta challenges more than 100 nations to fulfill their pledges to lower carbon emissions by 2030.
You think that this is what it takes to see a change.
THUNBERG: It’s a very big task that’s ahead of us. It is necessary to alter social norms. Honesty is the key to this. You must be open about your actions and courageous. If we don’t treat the crisis as one, people around will not be able to understand why we are there.
CRAIG MELVIN – Wow.
ROKER: So it’s going to be interesting. President Biden has pledged to make a major reduction in U.S. greenhouse emissions in order to meet the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement but, you know, you’ve other countries, China being one of the other major ones, that needs to make those reductions as well. So it’s going to be kind of interesting. We conducted the interview in partnership with Covering Climate Now.
SHEINELLE JONES: This is very good.
JACOB SOBEROFF – She brings it home every time. This morning, I also wanted to tell you about another thing that makes it so special. This side by side of what the Santa Monica Pier is going on look like in a hundred – not even in a hundred years, by 2100.
SOBEROFF: So in our children’s lifetime, they say – correct me if I’m wrong, Al – but if we continue on the trajectory of emissions –
ROKER: Yeah, if this – if this is a three-degree temperature rise, this is what the Santa Monica Pier will look like.
SOBEROFF: By 2100
ROKER: By 2100
SOBEROFF – This is how many children will live today.
MELVIN: All those homes and businesses are gone.
ROKER: Yeah, because of – because of ice cap melt.
SOBEROFF: It was a place I used to go as a child.
MELVIN: I am very grateful.
JONES We almost forget it sometimes, because I think. Climate change is almost a buzzword, and some people, like Greta like to take it seriously.
SOBEROFF: It’s exactly.
JONES: …and then others just kind of say, “Okay, let me just recycle that,” and keep it moving. However, it’s so much more.
ROKER: And it’s already happening in cities like Miami, places like that, where you have, you know, blue-sky flooding because of high tides, winds, and sea level rise.