Kait Parker, a meteorologist with the Weather Channel, was shocked to see her coverage in a report about how climate change isn't happening. But that's what happened recently when "alt-right" site Breitbart, which used to be run by Trump adviser Steve Bannon, embedded one of her videos in an article that claimed that Earth was actually cooling, not warming. She wasn't about to have that.
In a video produced by Weather.com, Parker used the actual scientific evidence to completely shut down Breitbart's story. The video came with this caption on YouTube: "Note to Breitbart: Earth is not cooling, climate change Is real and please stop using our video to mislead Americans." Things had gotten so bad that the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted the Breitbart article, which was patently false.
Parker's video, along with an extensive article on Weather.com, systematically picks apart all of Breitbart's arguments. For example, she talks about how you have to factor in both land temperatures and water temperatures to get an accurate measure of Earth's climate. When you do that, instead of just looking at land temperatures, you get record highs, not lows. And then she showed satellite footage of massive ice glaciers melting to prove her point.
The Weather Channel rarely, if ever, gets political. But Parker said she had to speak out when Breitbart used her work to promote a dangerous agenda. "Here's the thing: Science doesn't care about your opinion," Parker said. "Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future, nor the fact—note, fact, not opinion—that the earth is warming." Breitbart has yet to issue its own response to Parker's report.
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