The Biggest Hoax Since The Moon Landing

I almost didn’t catch it in this compilation, but Greg Gutfeld from Fox News actually says the following:

Isn’t green jobs the biggest hoax since the moon landing? [@1:38]

Seriously? How can you even have a normal discussion with these folks at Fox News? It’s blindfolds on, push your own agenda and shout the most inane claims and nonsense to further it.

To show how wrong they are with what they say, just take a look at the accompanying article to the above video on the MediaMatters site:

By contrast, 77% of Americans believe that “the U.S. needs to be a clean energy technology leader and it should invest in the research and domestic manufacturing of wind, solar, and energy efficiency technologies,” according to a recent poll by the nonpartisan Civil Society Institute.

The clean energy sector is small but growing rapidly, according to a study by the Brookings Institution, which found that U.S. renewable energy jobs grew at an average annual rate of 11.1 percent between 2003 and 2010. By comparison, the overall economy grew by 4.2 percent annually.

But clean energy faces significant barriers, as market failures hinder the deployment of potentially breakthrough technologies and dirty fuels face little accountability for the cost of pollution.

2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences estimated that the “hidden costs” of energy produced by burning fossil fuels, including the impact on public health, amount to $120 billion per year. If these costs were factored in to the cost of energy, coal-fired electricity would cost an additional 3.2 cents per kWh and gasoline would cost .30-.40 cents more per gallon. These numbers would be even greater if they included the impact of climate change, and other environmental consequences of pollution.

And this is just a small sample of the mountains of evidence that we have that green energy works, it is profitable, it is affordable and we get a bunch of jobs if we just invest a little in the industry. But despite U.S. government not investing in the industry, or helping them much in any other way, it’s a booming industry that grows at an incredible rate.

The blatant ignorance of Fox News on the subject, and deliberate obfuscation of this subject, is just one small example of the underlying problem. Which is their denial of the very science that shows we are causing the planet to warm:

This chart is from a new study published in The International Journal Of Press/Politics. This study examined primetime cable news broadcasts from 2007 and 2008, and found that Fox:

Although Fox discussed climate change most often, the tone of its coverage was disproportionately dismissive. Fox broadcasts were more likely to include statements that challenged the scientific agreement on climate change, undermined the reality of climate change, and questioned its human causes

This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows Greenman3610 or me on this issue:

And this study sums it up quite nicely why this kind of coverage by Fox News is a big problem:

The fragmentation of audiences across diverse news outlets holds important consequences for how the public understands the most pressing issues of the day. This study provides strong evidence that different forms of cable news use are associated with divergent views on global climate change. Specifically, the more often people watched Fox News, the less accepting they were of global warming.

When taken in concert with other, experimental research (Feldman 2011), this suggests that opinion polarization in the cable news environment occurs most clearly as a function of exposure, as opposed to biased processing of ideological news content. Thus, to the extent that the cable news networks continue to provide partisan content in the quest for a lucrative niche audience, the opportunity for consensus-building and cooperation on global warming—as well as on other critical issues of the day—diminishes.

Fox New is one of the biggest platforms for the so-called sceptics that are holding us back from actually solving our problems and creating a better future. Now the question remains, when are we going to hold Fox News accountable for this behaviour?

Collin Maessen is the founder and editor of Real Skeptic and a proponent of scientific skepticism. For his content he uses the most up to date and best research as possible. Where necessary consulting or collaborating with scientists.