ABC Won't Air Gore's Global Warming Ad
The media in the hip pocket of big oil and coal? Sounds like an outrageous claim given how much those industries get blasted on the networks. But thatâ€™s just what the CEO of the Al Goreâ€™s Alliance for Climate Protectionâ€™s â€śWe Campaignâ€ť has alleged.
â€śDid you notice the ads after last nightâ€™s presidential debate?â€ť Zoi wrote. â€śABC had Chevron. CBS had Exxon. CNN had the coal lobby. But you know what happened last week? ABC refused to run our Repower America ad â€“ the ad that takes on this same oil and coal lobby.â€ť
The e-mail encouraged recipients to voice complaints about the networkâ€™s decision with the hope of the network airing the ad on the Oct. 10 broadcast of â€ś20/20.â€ť As of this writing, the site claimed more than 79,000 people had responded.
â€śI sent a letter asking ABC to reconsider their decision and put our ad on the air, but still we haven't heard back more than a week later,â€ť Zoi wrote. â€śI think they need to hear from all of us. Can you help? Please send a message to ABC and tell them to air the Repower America ad this Friday on 20/20.â€ť
The ad attacks â€śbig oilâ€ť for spending â€śhundreds of millions of dollars to block clean energyâ€ť with â€ślobbyists, ads, even scandals.â€ť It is 30 seconds and begins with a young girl stacking blocks, followed by a plea for wind and solar energy and ends with an attack on fossil fuel energy:
The solution to our climate crisis seems simple.
End our dependence on foreign oil. A stronger economy.
So why are we still stuck with dirty and expensive energy?
Because big oil spends hundreds of millions of dollars to block clean energy.
Lobbyists, ads, even scandals.
All to increase their profits, while
Breaking big oilâ€™s lock on our government ...
Now thatâ€™s change.
We're the American people and we approve this message.
Although the global warming issue has not been as prominent an issue during the pending economic crisis, Zoi still takes a swipe at the oil and coal industries for their role in donating to party committees.
â€śAs oil and coal backed groups outspend even major party committees in this political year, it's outrageous that ABC would deny our ad,â€ť Zoi wrote.
According to the groupâ€™s Web site, the â€śWe Campaignâ€ť is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection founded and chaired former Vice President Al Gore. An article in the March 24 USA Today reported the â€ś
ABC has hardly been a shill for global warming skepticism. The network, a division of the Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), has a special planned, â€śEarth 2100,â€ť set for broadcast in 2009. It warns people that civilization is poised to go the way of the
According to a recent Business & Media Institute study, â€śGlobal Warming Censored,â€ť ABC was the least egregious of the three broadcast networks on its global warming, but it still left a lot to be desired. ABC included more skepticism (36 percent) in its broadcasts than either NBC or CBS. Still, the network has plenty of work to do. Bill Weir made the outrageous claim during the Nov. 18, 2007, â€śGood Morning Americaâ€ť that â€śall these scientistsâ€ť urge immediate action to stop global warming. Weather personality Sam Champion even referred to the most recent U.N. climate report as â€śunequivocalâ€ť and â€śdefinitive.â€ť