Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

James Murdoch blasts News Corp's 'ongoing climate change denial'

James Murdoch blasts News Corp's 'ongoing climate change denial'

"It is clear that confronting the bushfire disaster in Australia requires both an immediate response and an ongoing investment in rebuilding the lives and livelihoods of those most affected by the fires across the country", News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch said.

Mr Murdoch and his wife Kathryn, an NGO worker, issued a joint statement which accused Rupert Murdoch's news outlets of "ongoing denial" over the severity and extent of climate change.

Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., which owns The Post, added, "Our journalists and editors around Australia have done an extraordinary job of tracking the tragic fires and their profound impact on individuals, communities and the environment".

James and Kathryn Murdoch gave a statement to the Daily Beast Tuesday that took direct aim at the way the family business is handling climate change.

Rupert Murdoch has described himself as a climate sceptic. "Second, we host debates reflecting the political division that exists in Australia about how to address climate change without destroying our economy", the editorial said.

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The company also runs Sky News Australia, which offers an nearly constant stream of climate change science denial from hosts that include Peta Credlin, Alan Jones and Chris Kenny.

Celebrities and activists have been speaking out and donating to relief efforts and the widespread nature of the devastating fires has caused debate over how much climate change has to do with the whole thing.

Rupert Murdoch past year dismissed suggestions the company harbours hardcore climate deniers, despite the fact Bolt claims any move to wind down the carbon-belching industries which contribute to climate change is cover for "wannabe totalitarians".

"I find it unconscionable to continue working for this company, knowing I am contributing to the spread of climate change denial and lies", she wrote.

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