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Forbes On Fox Host Doesn’t Want A Discouraging Word About Fossil Fuels

Reported by Guest Blogger - September 25, 2011 -

By Brian

On yesterday’s Forbes on Fox, the topic was, as the banner on the screen put it: Critics: GM Taking Taxpayer Funded "Green" Tech to China. Toward the end of the discussion, Professor Mark Tatge defended green technology by saying, "Fossil fuel, fossil fuel is dead, right? It's going to die in the next 20 years." That did not sit well with host David Asman.

Asman mugged a face of disgust and said, "I don't think fossil fuel is bad. I think it's good. It provides us with all these lights.” Cutting off Tatge from speaking further, Asman called on panelist Mike Ozanian, whom Asman almost certainly knew would agree with him.

Sure enough, Ozanian said, "I love fossil fuels."

As energy expert Joe Romm has written:

The greatest energy-related health risks to Americans clearly come from fossil fuels.

The gravest immediate risk is the traditional air pollution that comes from the combustion of coal, oil, and natural gas, which kills 20,000 or more Americans a year, and impairs the health of hundreds of thousands (see Life-cycle study: Accounting for total harm from coal would add “close to 17.8¢/kWh of electricity generated” and Burning fossil fuels costs the U.S. $120 billion a year “” not counting mercury or climate impacts).

The gravest risk in the coming decades is from unrestricted greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from the combustion of coal, oil, and natural gas, which threatens multiple simultaneous catastrophes whose combined impact would very likely harm all Americans and all of humanity severely and irreversibly for many centuries (see “A stunning year in climate science reveals that human civilization is on the precipice“).

Is this what Asman and Ozanian love?

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