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Fox News Shrugs Off Urgency Of Climate Change

Fox News dismissed the importance of addressing climate change after Democrats in the Senate staged an all-night session to speak about its dangers on March 10.

"The only reason I'm going at it is because I don't understand why they're not actually having the guts to put out legislation there and to vote on it and to see what happens from it. But a lot of people would say, look, we're dealing with a very serious situation with Russia right now, we've got, you know, a labor participation rate that is the lowest that it has been in 30 years, and you've got this healthcare issue which now a lot of Democrats claim needs to be fixed. So why not stay up all night and talk about that?" - America's Newsroom co-host Martha MacCallum, 3/11/14

"Did anyone tell them -- whatever your views on climate change -- there are a few more issues going on, like a debt that's choking us, things like that?" - Neil Cavuto, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 3/11/14

"We have an incredibly serious foreign relations crisis with Russia and Putin, in the Crimea -- why isn't that the more urgent matter?" - Ben Stein, March 8 edition of Your World with Neil Cavuto


"Global warming threatens to do far more damage to the wellbeing of future generations than the social security and Medicare benefits going to baby-boomers, no matter how much the deficit hawks try to twist the numbers to claim otherwise." - Dean Baker, economist and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in an article for The Guardian

"Over the next 20 years and more, certain pressures-population, energy, climate, economic, environmental-could combine with rapid cultural, social, and technological change to produce new sources of deprivation, rage, and instability." - Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense

"[T]he area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security: rising sea levels, to severe droughts, to the melting of the polar caps, to more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief." - Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense

"Climate change is a national security issue. We found that climate instability will lead to instability in geopolitics and impact American military operations around the world." - General Gordon Sullivan, USA (Ret.), former Army chief of staff

"It's not hard to make the connection between climate change and instability, or climate change and terrorism." - General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.), former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command and special envoy to Israel and Palestine under President George W. Bush

"There are serious risks to doing nothing about climate change. We can pay now or we're going to pay a whole lot later. The U.S. has a unique opportunity to become energy independent, protect our national security and boost our economy while reducing our carbon footprint. We've been a model of success for the rest of the world in the past and now we must lead the way on climate change." - Admiral John Nathman, USN (Ret.), former Commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command under President George W. Bush

"Climate change is already contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing the world more than $1.2 trillion, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP, according to a new study." - The Guardian, 9/25/12

Source: Fox News Shrugs Off Urgency Of Climate Change After Democrats' All-Nighter In The Senate by OLIVIA MARSHALL