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Fox News Declares War on ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ over Climate Change

Fox News has declared war on a popular children’s cartoon because its main character has taken a stand against man-made climate change.

According to The Raw Story, Fox News has fired off a series of on-air attacks against the Nickelodeon cartoon “Spongebob Squarepants” over global warming. Ever the liar, Fox hosts have made the spurious claim that the cartoon was shown to children by the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to indoctrinate them with unproven theories on climate change. The government, argues Fox, has a “climate agenda.”

The only problem is, the government never showed any cartoons. The Department of Education did give “Spongebob Squarepants” and “Dora the Explorer” books to elementary school students in Washington, D.C. as part of a campaign to teach conservation and environmental protection. It was all part of Nickelodeon’s “Big Green Help” campaign.

Said Fox News host Steve Doocy:

“Clearly Nickelodeon is pushing a global warming agenda. While there is no disputing the fact that the earth is getting a little warmer, the big question is, ‘is it man-made?’ Or, ‘is it just one of those gigantic, climactic, you know, phases we’re — why, we’re cold, then we get warmer, then we’re cold again — you know, which one is it? The science on both sides, there are scientists who say it’s this, there are others who say it’s that.”

Um, actually, Doocy, climate scientists are almost unanimous in their belief that anthropogenic climate change– man-made global warming– is real and an imminent threat to our planet. Fully 97% of climatologists who are active in climate change research agree that humans play a role . Additionally, the following partial list of scientific organizations assert that man-made climate change is real:

The National Science Academies of the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, France, Ghana, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe…

…as well as the following scientific organizations within the United States: American Chemical Society, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Society for Microbiology, Society of American Foresters, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Astronomical Society, American Association of State Climatologists, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geological Institute, NASA…

…but not Fox News.

Perhaps this is because Fox News Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon personally directed Fox on-air personalities to cast doubt on a climate change report, despite the fact that the report was beyond scientific reproach. Sammon’s email directive, incidentally, was sent immediately after Fox News aired a story about how the last decade was going to be the warmest ever recorded.

It looks like Fox is the one with a “climate agenda.”

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