Weather Channel to Breitbart: ‘Stop using our video to mislead Americans’ on global warming

“Next time you’re thinking about publishing a cherry-picked article, try consulting a scientist first,” the Weather Channel’s Kait Parker said in a video responding directly to a recent Breitbart News article asserting that “global land temperatures are plummeting.”

via the Weather Channel

via the Weather Channel

The Breitbart piece, which made its rounds on social media (including a notable tweet by U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, chaired by U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican who represents parts of Austin), uses a Weather Channel video featuring Parker discussing the tendency for temperatures to drop during a La Niña weather pattern. Before breaking down Breitbart’s assertions intended to discredit global warming, the Weather Channel clarifies, “we would prefer to focus on our usual coverage of weather and climate science, in this case we felt it important to add our two cents.”

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Parker goes on to say that Breitbart used land temperatures in supporting its claim that the Earth isn’t warming, when in fact, “water is where we store most of our heat energy” and looking at sea temperatures you would arrive at a record high for November 2016.

“Science doesn’t care about your opinion,” Parker says of the “fact; no, fact, not opinion, that the Earth is warming.” Watch the full video above. You can read the Breitbart piece here, and the Weather Channel response here.

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