Fox News Tries to Put a Positive Spin On Global Warming
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This blog, written by Faiz Shakir, originally appeared on Think Progress
In a new series billed by Fox News as the "Race for the Arctic," the network has responded by sending a reporter to Greenland to document first-hand observations of glaciers receding, icebergs breaking off, and other drastic climate-changing effects.
But if you think that Fox's "race for the arctic" is a race to educate and inform the public about global warming, you are mistaken. In fact, from Fox's perspective, the "race" is actually a race for oil. Fox News reporter Jonathan Hunt explained:
The melting ice cap is making the Arctic's resources much more accessible. Now that is vital. Because beneath the Arctic Ocean, scientists estimate there may be a full 25 percent of the world's undiscovered oil reserves. There is now a race on to get to those reserves.
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.