Thursday, January 16, 2014

Climate Change A Factor In TWC, DirecTV Dispute

When 20 million subscribers to DirecTV found The Weather Channel missing from their viewing options this week, the weather network cited its need to sound the manmade climate change alarm as one of the reasons it needs to be available to the satellite provider’s subscribers.

Some have said that global warming and manmade climate change will bring an increase in “extreme weather” events, according to a story at

David Kenny, chairman and CEO of The Weather Company, said in a statement, “This reckless move by DIRECTV will have an impact on our role as part of the national safety and preparedness fabric of our country at a time when the volatility and frequency of weather events seems to be increasing.”

While not overtly mentioning climate change, the implication is there.

Dr. Jeff Masters, founder of the Weather Underground which was purchased by The Weather Channel in 2012 and now an employee of the company, was far more direct in a blog entry.

Masters wrote that without DirecTV viewers, far fewer Americans will be able to see, what the examiner. com story called, the network’s global warming propaganda.

“This will mean there are now 20 million people seeing less climate change coverage, at a time when The Weather Channel is actively expanding their climate change coverage, and at a time when society greatly needs as much awareness of how our climate is changing as possible,” he said.

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