Statement by Forecast the Facts Executive Director, Daniel Souweine
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, February 11, 2013, 02:50 PM EST
In the wake of one of the worst winter storms to ever hit the Northeast, the national networks has once again failed to educate Americans about the role that climate change is playing in increasing extreme weather. Over the weekend, NBC, ABC, and CBS devoted considerable coverage to the blizzard. But none even broached the role that warmer air and water temperatures play in making storms like this more intense. “Failing to connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change is, quite simply, a dereliction of duty,” said Daniel Souweine, campaign director of Forecast the Facts.
“The American public deserves to know that these are not just isolated events, but part of a trend, driven by fossil fuel consumption, which is making our weather more extreme and more dangerous.”
Over the weekend, more than 15,000 members of Forecast the Facts and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee called on the news media to break their climate silence, signing the following petition
As consumers of news, we want you to report the truth about the historic blizzard hitting our country. It’s a fact that climate change is making powerful and dangerous storms like this blizzard and Hurricane Sandy more likely, and Americans need you to report this fact in your coverage.