The Governor actually says That Which Cannot be Mentioned:
“Anyone who thinks that there is not a dramatic change in weather patterns is denying reality,” Mr. Cuomo said. “We have a new reality, and old infrastructures and old systems.”
The corporate media blackout on the phrases “global warming” and “climate change” in the context of Hurricane Sandy is extraordinary. Even WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook, who should be able to speak sensibly if anyone can, appeared unable to connect A (a “once in a generation storm” — heh, we’ll see about that) to B (global climate change). He did get jolly close when, on the one hand, a top NASA scientist was explaining that climate change is happening while, on the other, a random caller armed with his own “Internet research and stuff” was bravely asserting there has been no climate warming for the past 17 years.
A vivid example of the narrowness of contemporary public discourse in the corporate media (and even national non-profits like NPR), constant self-congratulatory assertions that Americans have a wide range of views in their media notwithstanding.