News Release

Tornadoes, Global Warming and Causes of “Generation Hot”


Bill McKibben recently wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post titled: “A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!.”

The New York Times this week published their “first article in a series on strategies for adapting to climate change.” The piece, about Chicago, was titled “A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast.”

MARK HERTSGAARD, mark at markhertsgaard.com
“I’m glad the New York Times has started covering what cutting-edge local leaders are doing to adapt to climate disruption,” says Hertsgaard, who has reported on climate change for two decades for outlets including Vanity Fair, The Nation and NPR and recently published the first popular book on climate adaptation, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. “But the Times’s article leaves out a crucial part of the story: how we got into this mess. For more than 20 years, many of America’s political, business and media leaders have deliberately chosen to ignore scientific warnings about what would happen if we didn’t kick our addiction to fossil fuels, preferring instead the disinformation of the fossil fuel lobby. As a result, my six-year-old daughter and the other two billion worldwide young people of Generation Hot have been given a life sentence for a crime they didn’t commit: they will spend the rest of their days coping with the hottest, most volatile climate our civilization has ever known.”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167