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Discovery Channel Passes On Climate Change Documentary Episode


Instead, only some "elements" of the climate change episode will be incorporated into the Discovery series, according to the report, which will air six of the seven episodes. Interestingly, the program was produced in association with the Discovery Channel.

Environmental advocates are criticizing the decision, saying it "censors" the issue in a country that needs to hear the message most. It's no great secret that Americans are skeptical of climate change science. It's almost a deadly sin for a Republican candidate to openly acknowledge that human's are having an impact on the planet's temperature.

Al Gore, in September, sought to convince skeptics with his 24-hour "Climate Reality Project." Gore said climate change is a "human" -- not "political" -- issue. To address the issue and deal with its implications, he said, we need to agree on the basic facts. No small task.

Some argued that the BBC should offer the Frozen Planet episode for free because of the importance of the issue, but the BBC told The Telegraph that it's standard practice to only offer the episodes buyers are interested in.

The Discovery channel did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment. We'll update this post if we hear back.

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