Ignoring Global Warming - Thom Yorke & Ed O'Brien

  • Aired:  09/26/11
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Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Ed O'Brien discuss America's waning interest in global warming and what motivates them to care about the environment. (4:19)

I SAY IF YOU'RE NOT PART OF THE

PROBLEM, YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.

HERE TO DEFEND NOT SAVING THE

GLOBAL VILLAGE BY DESTROYING IT,

PLEASE WELCOME BACK THOM YORKE

AND ED O'BRIEN.

THOM, ED, THANKS SO MUCH.

THANKS FOR COMING, GUYS.

THANKS FOR STICKING AROUND TO

FIGURE THIS THING OUT.

BY THE WAY, THAT SONG YOU GUYS

JUST DID WAS AWESOME.

[LAUGHTER]

IT WAS REALLY INCREDIBLE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: NOW, GUYS, YOU

HEARD HOW PEOPLE FEEL ACT GLOBAL

WARMING IN THE UNITED STATES

NOW.

JUST IN THE THAT MANY PEOPLE

BELIEVE IT ANYMORE AND THEY

DON'T THINK WE SHOULD DO

ANYTHING.

WHY DO YOU THINK GLOBAL WARMING

HAS LOST ITS APPEAL TO

AMERICANS?

>> WELL, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE

THAT WERE PAID TO SPREAD

DISINFORMATION FOR MANY YEARS.

THEY'RE STILL BEING PAID TO DO

THAT.

>> Stephen: WHO?

THAT'S QUITE AN ACCUSATION, MY

FRIENDS.

>> SCIENTISTS.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: SCIENTISTS?

SCIENTISTS AND THEIR FRIENDS,

LITTLE BUNNIES?

UP TO 2% OF SCIENTISTS DON'T

BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING.

UP TO 2%.

>> YES.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: BUT THEY DON'T

HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HEARD?

>> NO, NOT REALLY, NO.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

BUT WHY DO YOU TWO CARE ABOUT IT

SO MUCH?

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO MAKE THIS

SOMETHING THAT INFLUENCED YOUR

BUSINESS DECISIONS.

>> WELL, ON A VERY PRIMAL LEVEL,

WE'VE GOT CHILDREN.

AN YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN AND

THEIR CHILDREN AND YOUR

CHILDREN'S CHILDREN TO HAVE A

BETTER PLANET TO LIVE ON.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU THINK

OF MY IDEA?

I BELIEVE THAT IT JUST ISN'T BAD

ENOUGH, BECAUSE IF IT WERE BAD

ENOUGH, WE'RE IN THE BAD PEOPLE,

WE WOULD TAKE ACTION.

AND IF WE RUN THROUGH THE FOSSIL

FUELS, IF WE LOAD THE SKY WITH

CARBON, THEN IT WILL BE OBVIOUS.

RIGHT NOW YOU KIND OF HAVE TO BE

A SCIENTIST TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S

GOING ON.

>> NOT IF YOU LIVE IN

BANGLADESH.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S GOING ON

THERE?

>> IT GETS WET QUITE A LOT

THERE.

>> Stephen: DIDN'T IT ALWAYS

GET WET.

THERE I DON'T MEAN TO BE

FACETIOUS BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW

WHAT THE WORD "FACETIOUS" MEANS,

BUT IT IS REALLY HARD FROM THOSE

OF US WHO LIVE IN THE UNITED

STATES, AND THERE'S A LOT OF

HIGH GROUND, THERE TO UNDERSTAND

WHAT'S MOTIVATING PEOPLE IN THE

REST OF THE WORLD TO GET WORRIED

ABOUT THIS.

FOR INSTANCE, EUROPEAN, YOU GUYS

ARE FROM WHAT HISTORIANS CALL

EUROPE.

[LAUGHTER]

WHY ARE EUROPEANS MORE ATTUNED

TO THIS THAN AMERICANS?

WHY DO YOU GUYS... WHY DO YOU

GUYS BELIEVE IT MORE THAN WE DO?

>> I THINK THAT'S A MYTH.

I MEAN, I THINK THERE'S A BIG

THING WITH THE MEDIA GOING ON

HERE.

IF YOU ASK THOSE PEOPLE IN TEXAS

AFTER THE HOTTEST SUMMER, I'M

SURE MOST PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED,

AS CONCERNED AS EUROPEANS.

>> Stephen: NOT THEIR

GOVERNOR.

>> THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE HE'S MAN

OF FAITH?

>> FAITH, YEAH.

HMMM.

WELL, IT'S... LET'S JUST SAY IN

ORDER TO GET ELECTED YOU NEED TO

HAVE FUNDS, RIGHT, TO... SO YOU

ACCEPT MONEY FROM COMPANIES.

>> Stephen: CORPORATIONS.

THERE'S THAT BAD WORD AGAIN.

>> CORPORATIONS.

SOME OF THE LARGEST ONES ARE OIL

COMPANIES, RIGHT?

>> Stephen: YEAH, OBVIOUSLY.

THAT'S WHAT RUNS THE WORLD IS

OIL.

DID YOU GUYS COME HERE ON AN OX

CART?

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW, WE NEED... ARE YOU

LIVING AN OIL-FREE LIFESTYLE.

>> UH-UH.

>> Stephen: NO.

DO YOU EVER FEEL GUILTY ABOUT

THE AMOUNT OF OIL YOU USE?

IF YOU BELIEVE IN SAVING THE

ENVIRONMENT, YOU AREN'T

PLAYING... THAT TAKES

ELECTRICITY WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

IT'S GOT TO BE POWERED BY CLEAN

COAL.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU'VE HEARD OF CLEAN COAL?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: DO THEY HAVE THAT

IN ENGLAND YET?

>> OH, YEAH, YEAH.

[APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELL, IF YOU

GUYS... WILL YOU STICK AROUND

AND BURN SOME MORE ENERGY AND

PLAY ANOTHER SONG FOR US?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: BEFORE EVEN

THINKING, WHO IS SAVING THE

WORLD BETTER, YOU GUYS OR BONO?

QUICK.

>> DEFINITELY BONO.

>> Stephen: DEFINITELY BONO.

YOU'LL GET THERE.