ASSOCIATED PRESS: David Letterman and Sen. Al Franken were both feeling frustrated about pessimism around the topic of climate change — so they got together to talk about it. Thankfully they invited some cameras along, too, with the help of Funny or Die and the Primetime Emmy Award-winning “Years of Living Dangerously.” The fruits of their conversations can be seen in the digital series “Boiling the Frog with Senator Al Franken.” Their talks run the gamut from serious to funny as they take on everything from coal and carbon prices to Letterman’s retirement beard in the six 5-minute shorts that begin rolling out Monday on funnyordie.com and its Facebook page with a new installment each week.
For Sen. Franken, it’s an effort to “fight back” against the creeping apathy and disregard toward science and climate change. “Since taking office, President Trump has decided to disregard science in order to repeatedly put the short-sighted interests of his friends in the fossil fuel industry ahead of the safety of our planet,” Franken said. “We hope to bring some much needed attention to this critical issue and ultimately, to help encourage people in Minnesota, Dave’s home state of Indiana and all Americans to make their voices heard and join the fight to combat climate change.” MORE