CBS Highlights Claims Linking Climate Change to Hurricane Sandy Intensity

Media Research CenterOn Wednesday's CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley read a brief item highlighting the view by "weather forcasters from the U.S. government" that climate change "may have intensified" Hurricane Sandy.

He did not mention the views of climate change skeptics who doubt the role of global warming.

Pelley noted "rising sea levels," "melting Arctic ice," and "record-high temperatures" as he read the below item from the Wednesday, November 14, CBS Evening News:

Weather forecasters from the U.S. government said today that climate change did not create Hurricane Sandy, but may have intensified the storm. The forecasters pointed to rising sea levels up several inches in the past 50 years, melting Arctic ice which may be changing atmospheric patterns, and record-high temperatures. Warm water is fuel for hurricanes, and 2010 is on track to be the hottest year on record.

-- Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst at the Media Research Center