Republican Debate: Fox News Asks About Climate Change

When Republican candidates started sparring of their first faceoff of the 2024 GOP presidential major Wednesday night time, Fox Information struck a distinct tone than its norm on climate change.

Again in 2019, when Democratic presidential candidates debated onstage for the primary time within the 2020 election cycle, it took NBC Information’ moderators an hour and 22 minutes to ask about climate change. That very same yr, a watchdog group’s examine discovered that Fox Information devoted 86% of its protection of worldwide warming to claims that denied the fact that heat-trapping emissions are radically altering the planet.

However within the first half hour of Wednesday night time’s debate, the right-wing community aired a recorded query from a teenage GOP activist lamenting how Republicans’ outright denial of climate change has alienated younger voters.

Then, the moderators listed latest disasters — Hawaii’s wildfires, California’s uncommon hurricane, Florida’s 101-degree seas, and the Southwest’s file warmth — and requested the eight Republicans onstage to lift their palms in the event that they believed “human habits is inflicting climate change.”

Earlier than the candidates may transfer, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis balked on the query.

“We’re not schoolchildren. Let’s have the controversy,” he mentioned, launching right into a diatribe accusing U.S. journalists of giving President Joe Biden a move on his catastrophe response as a result of a bias towards Democrats.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, immediately derailed Fox News' line of questioning on climate change.Gov. Ron DeSantis, heart, instantly derailed Fox Information’ line of questioning on climate change.

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After DeSantis’ derailing, the moderators didn’t comply with up. Fox Information by no means bought its present of palms.

However the chaotic back-and-forth that adopted confirmed a barely extra various vary of views on climate change than in previous Republican debates.

In his opening remarks, Vivek Ramaswamy, the 38-year-old biotechnology entrepreneur and political neophyte who made a reputation for himself opposing firms’ efforts to chop emissions, had made the primary point out of power points, pitching a platform centered on producing extra oil, fuel and coal and embracing nuclear energy.

In response to the query, nonetheless, Ramaswamy sought to solid himself because the inheritor to former President Donald Trump’s political legacy, whom he later known as the “finest president of the twenty first century.”

“The climate change agenda is a hoax,” Ramaswamy mentioned over boos. “It’s a hoax … The truth is, the anti-carbon agenda is a moist blanket on our economic system. Extra persons are dying of dangerous climate change insurance policies than they’re of precise climate change.”

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley deployed acquainted GOP rhetoric meant to deflect consideration from the U.S. — which is the No. 2 annual emitter and the No. 1 supply of cumulative carbon dioxide within the ambiance — to the Earth’s two most populous international locations.

“We do care about clear air, clear water,” she mentioned. “However there’s a proper approach to do it. Is climate change actual? Sure, it’s. However in case you actually wish to go change the surroundings, we have to begin telling China and India that they must decrease their emissions.”

She insisted the billions in subsidies made out there in Biden’s landmark Inflation Discount Act have been “not working,” at the same time as cash flows into crimson states for battery manufacturing crops and electrical automobile factories.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott instructed that shift isn’t taking place.

“If we would like the surroundings to be higher — and all of us do — the very best factor to do is to deliver our jobs house from China,” Scott mentioned. “Let’s deliver our jobs house.”

Land is cleared for the expansion of the Qcells facility, where solar panels are manufactured in Dalton, Georgia. The largest solar manufacturing investment in U.S. history followed the passage of President Joe Biden's Inflation Reduction Act.

Land is cleared for the growth of the Qcells facility, the place photo voltaic panels are manufactured in Dalton, Georgia. The most important photo voltaic manufacturing funding in U.S. historical past adopted the passage of President Joe Biden’s Inflation Discount Act.

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Earlier than the query, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum gave his personal evaluation of the warfare in Ukraine and the Inflation Discount Act, providing a fancy and considerably meandering evaluation of how U.S. sanctions on Russian oil and fuel have been diverting low-cost fuels to China. Papering over main bulletins of latest battery and photo voltaic manufacturing crops within the U.S., he insisted that China’s dominance over clean-energy provide chains made shopping for panels or batteries pointless.

“When you purchase a battery on this nation, in case you purchase a photo voltaic panel, it’s being produced in a plant in China powered by coal,” he mentioned. Repeating his declare that Beijing benefited from discounted Russian fuels, he mentioned: “It’s being powered by oil and fuel at 20% off.”

He returned to the theme later within the debate when requested about tips on how to deter China from invading Taiwan, the self-governing democratic island Beijing claims as its territory however that the Chinese language Communist Social gathering has by no means dominated.

Regardless of White House local weather diplomat John Kerry main outreach to Beijing, Burgum mentioned that Biden administration officers who visited China lately “don’t even deliver up power as a result of they’re too busy making an attempt to kill U.S. power right here.”

In the meantime, Biden’s crew answered Fox Information’ simplistic query extra succinctly than any of the Republicans onstage: