Fact Check–False: Dana Bash, Scientists Falsely Claim Need to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Pollution by 2050

Moderator CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash, moderator CNN anchor Don Lemon, moderator CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Democratic presidential hopefuls (L-R) US author and writer Marianne Williamson, US Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district Tim Ryan, US Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, …
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CNN commentator Dana Bash said falsely that climate scientists and other experts claim that the world needs to eliminate all fossil fuels to prevent the “most catastrophic consequences” of climate change.

Bash asked former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) a question regarding his thoughts on the Green New Deal, in which the CNN debate moderator said that many climate scientists claim that the world needs to eliminate all fossil fuel pollution by 2050 to avoid the most allegedly harmful effects of climate change.

Bash said, “Scientists say we essentially need to eliminate fossil fuel pollution by 2050 to avoid most catastrophic consequences.”

However, despite Bash’s claim, many studies show that drastically eliminating fossil fuel emissions would not avoid the supposed effects of climate change by avoiding rising temperatures.

The pro-climate change ClimateActionTracker.org illustrates that if all countries were to meet their Paris Agreement fossil fuel reductions, it would not come close to the limit in warming to the weaker benchmark of two degrees Celsius, not too much the more aggressive target of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Many leftist politicians such as South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and others have claimed that we have 12 years to address climate change before it is too late to solve the problem.

However, it even appears in the United Nation’s own periodic reports and other experts, only a modest climate plan could be justified, or else it would cause too much damage to the world economy to address the alleged climate crisis.

Robert Murphy, a senior fellow at the Mises Institute and professor at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, said in June, “The rhetorical framing of the issue is so far removed from the underlying research that this alone is heretical.”

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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