It should come as no surprise that during their coverage of COP21, the climate change conference among global leaders occurring in Paris for the next 12 days, Fox News did their very best to counter any semblance of truth with logical fallacies and blatantly false rhetoric.
Fox News sent correspondent Geraldo Rivera to Paris to cover the summit, although their reasons for doing so remain unclear: it’s obvious they feel any discussion concerning climate change is a waste of time.
Rivera’s colleagues declared that this whole endeavor to combat potential global catastrophe is unnecessary because, in fact, the Earth’s temperature has decreased within recent years. As "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy so eloquently put it: “We do know that over the last couple of decades, you know, for the most part the, uh, the temperature, for the most part has stabilized or gone down a little bit.”
He went on to cite the completely unbiased Fox poll, which shows only three percent of Americans see climate change as the most important issue facing the country today.
Never mind that according to NASA, “The 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998” and that, “the year 2014 ranks as the warmest on record.”
Fox also seems to be blithely unaware of the fact that a Washington Post/ABC News poll confirmed that nearly two-thirds of Americans consider climate change a serious problem.
Rivera attempted to dissuade Doocy of his ideas concerning global temperatures, asserting that 2015, indeed, is the hottest year on record. However, he, along with his Fox colleagues, definitively concluded that terrorism was the more pressing threat. Bill Hemmer used a city in Alaska’s record snowfall as “evidence” that climate change was the product of liberal lies, akin to Donald Trump’s infamous “It’s freezing and snowing in New York—we need global warming!”
New Hampshire Republican John Sununu chimed in with his own critiques, stating, “The world is on fire from terrorism and acts of violence and war and this president thinks the most important thing he can do is fly to Paris and talk about climate change.”
The irony seems to elude these individuals, as it is evident that climate change and growing terrorist conflict are inextricably intertwined.
President Obama, however, understands this opposition all too well, briefly mentioning “what greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshalling our best efforts to save it.”
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