Last week, alt-right haven Breitbart News ran an article “debunking” climate change, using a Weather Channel video to lie to readers and make global warming seem like a hoax. But Kait Parker from the Weather Channel is having none of it, and struck back in a beautiful point-by-point rebuttal of Breitbart’s dangerous fiction.
In a video posted on the Weather Channel website on Tuesday, Parker said:
‘They used a completely unrelated video about La Nina — with my face in it — to attempt to back their point.’
The article is headlined, “Note to Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans,” and the accompanying video, “Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real.”
The Weather Channel accused Breitbart of “cherry-picking” information to discredit climate change. The channel says that it would normally prefer to focus on covering the weather, but felt that the lies being offered by Breitbart required rebuttal, particularly considering that conservative website used a Weather Channel video to twist the facts.
Although the Breitbart article, written by James Delingpole, claimed that recent weather data indicates the end of the “global warming scare,” the Weather Channel responded:
‘In fact, thousands of researchers and scientific societies are in agreement that greenhouse gases produced by human activity are warming the planet’s climate and will keep doing so.’
Even more infuriating was that the article was shared on Twitter by the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
— Sci, Space, & Tech GOP (@housesciencegop) December 1, 2016
According to the heavily slanted Breitbart article: “Global land temperatures have plummeted by 1 degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record.”
But this 1-degree number is derived from an estimate of temperature above land areas in the lower atmosphere based on data from one satellite. Data from other groups that publish satellite-based temperature estimates show smaller drops in temperature. Data that includes temperatures over both land and water actually show a record high in the Earth’s lower atmosphere in November 2016.
Another false claim from the Breitbart article is that without the El Nino, 2014-2016 would not have been “record warm years.”
But the Weather Channel counters by saying that according to Berkeley climate scientist Zeke Hausfather, data shows that even when the El Nino temperature spike is removed from calculations, 2016 is the warmest year on record, and 2015 the second warmest.
You can watch Kait Parker of the Weather Channel explain it all to Breitbart in the video below.
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