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To Fox News, A Legally Mandated Climate Change Report Is Just Another Distraction

The GOP News Network believes its all just a distraction from Benghazi.
 
 
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Fox News attempted to spin a new climate change report as a mere distraction from "multiple scandals swirling around the administration," ignoring that the report was legally mandated by Congress under a law signed by former President George H.W. Bush.

On May 6, the Obama administration released the third  National Climate Assessment (NCA), a report compiled by over two hundred climate scientists over a four-year period. The report  concluded that unabated climate change would pose many dangers to the U.S. including increasing drought and wildfires in the Southwest, and coastal flooding from rising sea levels and increased precipitation in the Northeast. 

The May 6 edition of  America's Newsroom  opened with co-host Bill Hemmer's supposition that the Obama administration's "dire new report on global warming" may be intended "to distract Americans" from the "multiple scandals swirling around the administration." Co-host Martha MacCallum went on to elevate Sen. Jim Inhofe's claim that the climate change report is "part of the game the president is playing" to distract Americans from "his unchecked regulatory agenda":

But Fox News' promotion of Inhofe's suggestion ignores a key fact: the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is legally mandated to release the NCA every four years, a mandate that was passed by Congress under President  George H.W. Bush. According to the  USGCRP website, the organization has "a legal mandate to conduct a National Climate Assessment (NCA) every four years, the third and most recent of which was released in May 2014." That mandate was  established by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 in order to "assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change."

One of the "swirling" scandals that Fox News is likely referring to is the phony controversy over the Obama administration's response to the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya -- the network has been working  overtime to resurrect it. Rather than cover the critical findings of a report that the first Bush administration deemed necessary, Fox News would prefer to focus on debunked Benghazi  myths and the recently announced  special select committee.   

This is not the first time Fox News has criticized the administration for prioritizing anything other than the networks' favorite scandals -- the network has previously cast attempts to reduce  income inequalityfilibuster reform, and  immigration reform as "Obamacare distractions."

 
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