'Today' Tries Carbon-Belching Publicity Stunt for Global Warming Awareness
Even though NBC‚Äôs ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ crew is fretting over the effects of climate change and the price of oil, exceeding $90 a barrel ‚Äď that isn‚Äôt stopping them from traveling to the ‚Äúends of the earth‚ÄĚ in the name of climate change. The trips will release nearly 25 tons of carbon into the atmosphere ‚Äď more than three times what a typical American uses in a year.
‚ÄúWell, the journey has begun,‚ÄĚ co-host Matt Lauer said on the October 29 broadcast. ‚Äú‚ÄėToday‚Äô is going to the ends of the earth to report on the changing climate and examine the limits of human exploration in an unprecedented simultaneous broadcast from the top, the bottom and the middle of the world.‚ÄĚ
These globe-trotting travels will leave a sizable carbon footprint for this one assignment. ‚ÄúIt all begins exactly a week from today,‚ÄĚ Lauer said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs November 5th ‚Äď I‚Äôm going to be above the Arctic Circle, Al‚Äôs going to be on the Equator, Meredith‚Äôs going to tie the whole thing together with interviews here in the studio and Ann will be reporting from
The irony in this ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ effort is that it leaves such a large carbon footprint when the show has done numerous reports on the global warming issue as it has related to greenhouse gas emissions. One example was a February 23 segment that encouraged viewers to spend exorbitant amounts of money to decorate their home and make it ‚Äúan earth-friendly mecca,‚ÄĚ which included tips to shrink the home‚Äôs carbon footprint.
Curry, who has a track record of global-warming alarmism ‚Äď when she asked if the polar bear could ‚Äúbe going the way of dinosaurs‚ÄĚ ‚Äď admitted she isn‚Äôt fond of cold temperatures. But she‚Äôs still making this long carbon-belching journey. The trip is a part of NBC Universal‚Äôs ‚ÄúGreen is Universal‚ÄĚ initiative that ‚Äútakes an unprecedented look at Planet Earth.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAnd, Ann is on her way,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ co-host Meredith Vieira said. ‚ÄúShe and her crew left Saturday from
Curry‚Äôs trip alone is 11,686 miles (including the 2,400 miles from Christchurch, New Zealand to McMurdo Station Antarctica). She‚Äôs not going alone. At least two additional crewmembers are joining Curry‚Äôs trip (although footage from her arrival in
According to a story on the ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ Web site, Lauer will be reporting from the Greenland ice sheet and Al Roker, the ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ weatherman, will ‚Äúcheck in from an endangered ‚Äėcloud‚Äô forest on the equator in Ecuador.‚ÄĚ
Lauer‚Äôs trip to the Arctic Circle in Greenland ‚Äď from
Roker‚Äôs trip to the Equator in
For Curry, Lauer and Roker to pull off this one assignment, that‚Äôs at minimum of 24.9 tons of carbon emissions combined.
The national average for one person is 7.5 tons per year according to Gore‚Äôs Web site.
Newbusters.org Noel Sheppard reported that Lauer on the October 17 ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ was exploring options of minimizing their carbon-footprint, but admitted it would be ‚Äúimpossible at this moment to say we can absolutely come up with a neutral carbon footprint, but it's also something we'll examine.‚ÄĚ