One trend that we didn’t highlight in our 20th anniversary list of predictions is climate change. The reason: because it’s already something the media covers.
That said, the New York Times is bulking up its climate desk.
The latest addition is David Gelles, a longtime Times business reporter, who wrote its popular “Corner Office” column that interviewed CEOs. Gelles will now help cover “the nexus between government and the private sector.”
According to the Times,
“David will examine the corporate influence on government action on all levels — federal, state and local — to reveal which corporate players are serious about mitigating climate change and which are just posing, or worse. He will report deeply to uncover actions and conflicts on the government side while also closely scrutinizing the role of companies, business interests and the financial sector.”
In the past few months, the Times added:
Nothing has distorted our foreign policy, our commitments to human rights, our national security and, most of all, our environment than our oil addiction. Let this be the last war in which we and our allies fund both sides. That’s what we do. Western nations fund NATO and aid Ukraine’s military with our tax dollars, and — since Russia’s energy exports finance 40 percent of its state budget — we fund Vladimir Putin’s army with our purchases of Russian oil and gas.
It may seem obvious but we feel national security and the need to protect our environment are converging and that renewable and clean energy will continue to be an important trend.