After a year of record heat in the United States in 2012, last year was among the 10 warmest on record worldwide, the government reported Tuesday. Network news failed to connect the dots between record heat, extreme weather and what causes global warming. Throughout a year of extreme weather and climate change, there was one six-second mention of global warming all last year on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” according to Media Matters. ABC’s “This Week” had the most comprehensive coverage with about 5 minutes all year long.
“The scientific data is clear that global warming is real and significantly caused by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. He plans an all-out push this year for legislation to finally address global warming in ways he called “aggressive but achievable.”