A Weather Channel video featuring meteorologist Kait Parker made its way into a climate change denial story on Breitbart, and Parker was so incensed she taped a response.
You probably would have as well if Breitbart had, as she described it “used a completely unrelated video about La Niña, with my face in it, to attempt to back their point.” Other points used to back up their denial in that piece was a link to a British climate change denial organization and some cute little claims that “The lefties get their climate information from unreliable fake news sites like Buzzfeed.” We like NASA, for our part.
“Here’s the thing,” said Parker, addressing Breitbart. “Science doesn’t care about your opinion. Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future, nor the fact–note fact, not opinion–that the earth is warming.”
Those facts Parker promised arrived as she took apart Breitbart’s argument, piece by piece. Sample:
Their first claim is that global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year, the biggest and steepest fall on record. Now, that was based on one satellite estimate of global land temperatures, not a consensus. And second of all, land temperatures aren’t an appropriate measure. The earth is 70 percent water, and water is where we store most of our heat energy. So when we look at sea surface temperatures and you combine that with land temperatures, you actually get a record high for November of 2016.
Come for the facts, stay for the kicker. “So the next time you’re thinking about publishing a cherry-picked article, try consulting a scientist first. And to all my fellow scientists out there, let’s make the facts louder than the opinions.”
You can watch it here.