The Weather Channel is hot and bothered after a right-wing website used network footage to suggest global warming is a hoax.
The station, which usually sticks to prognostication rather than politics, has gone on the offensive against Breitbart, the website that last month used a Weather Channel video to debunk climate change — even though the video had nothing to do with global warming.
“Earth is not cooling, climate change is real and please stop using MY FACE to mislead Americans,” Kait Parker, a Weather Channel meteorologist, tweeted Tuesday in response to Breitbart’s use of her video on Nov. 30.
In the video, Parker had been discussing expected lower temperatures in 2017 as the weather pattern shifts from El Niño to La Niña. She was referring to weather, not climate, which are different things.
Weather Channel meteorologist Kait Parker sends a cool blast of air to Breitbart for incorrectly using their video on global cooling trends.
“Cherry picking and twisting the facts will not change the future, nor the fact — note: fact, not opinion — that the earth is warming,” Parker said on Tuesday.
Still, the Breitbart article generated support from climate change deniers, including the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which tweeted a link to the article. The chairman of that committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is a climate change skeptic.
Temperatures do typically cool after an El Niño, a Pacific weather pattern that typically occurs every 20 years, but have become far more frequently. It is unclear whether this is directly due to global warming.
“There should be no assumption that The Weather Company endorses the article associated with it,” said the Weather Channel of Breitbart’s use of their footage.
But Parker wants Breitbart to keep its right wing politics out of sound science.
“Next time you’re thinking about publishing a cherry-picked article, try consulting a scientist first,” Parker says, ending the video. “And to all my fellow scientists out there, let’s make the facts louder than the opinions.”
Breitbart has since responded with an article refuting Parker’s refutations. The author of both pieces, James Delingpole, calls Parker — who is a certified scientist with the American Meteorologist Society — “the pretty girl in question” and accuses her of “echoing stuff she will have read on the Internet at a couple of liberal-left attack dog sites.”