For the first time, the majority of Americans are in agreement that climate change is happening and express concern regarding the near and long-term threat. But this majority agreement also comes at a time of rising authoritarian tendencies across systems of governance within and outside the borders of the United States. How are media-makers adjusting to these changing contexts? An emergent discourse of climate crisis is proliferating. Why? How, exactly, is the climate crisis being defined / imagined? Who is defining the crisis and who is not? What responses are being elevated? And what responses are being denigrated or ignored? Ultimately, my dissertation seeks to understand the asymmetries of power emergent from and perpetuated through apocalyptic representations of planetary-scale crisis in the United States. And my dissertation will do so with an eye to addressing the role of representation in shaping responses to the threats of climate change.