Kait Parker, a meteorologist on The Weather Channel's website, slammed Breitbart News on Dec. 6 for using video of her in an effort to distort climate change science (video below).
James Delingpole wrote in a Breitbart News story on Nov. 30:
Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year -- the biggest and steepest fall on record. But the news has been greeted with an eerie silence by the world’s alarmist community.
You’d almost imagine that when temperatures shoot up it’s catastrophic climate change which requires dramatic headlines across the mainstream media and demands for urgent action. But that when they fall even more precipitously it’s just a case of "nothing to see here."
Parker was anything but silent as she mapped out the holes in the Breitbart News story:
The problem is they used a completely unrelated video about La Nina with my face in it to attempt to back their point. What worse is that the U.S. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology [run by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives] actually tweeted it out. Here's the thing, science doesn't care about your opinion. Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future, nor the facts, note fact, not opinion, that the earth is warming.
Parker added that Breitbart News based its opening line on "one satellite estimate of global land temperatures, not a consensus."
According to Parker, "land temperatures are not an appropriate measure" because "the earth is 70 percent water, and water is where we store most of our heat energy. So when you look at sea-surface temperatures and you combine that with land temperatures, you actually get a record high for November of 2016."
Breitbart News also quoted Dr. David Whitehouse, science editor of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, as saying:
With 2016 being predicted as a record warm year it is interesting to speculate on what the El Nino’s contribution will be, which is, in a word, everything. It can be argued that without the El Nino (and the so-called "Pacific Blob") 2014-2016 would not have been record warm years.
Parker said that if the El Nino temperature spikes are removed, then 2015 and 2016 "still come in as the warmest years on record."
The Guardian noted in 2014 that the Global Warming Policy Foundation is a climate change skeptic organization in the U.K. that has accepted money from two donors linked to the "Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which has admitted taking funding from fossil fuel companies and has also argued against climate change mitigation."
Whitehouse was also quoted by Breitbart News as saying:
Many think that 2017 will be cooler than previous years. Myles Allen of Oxford University says that by the time of the next big United Nations climate conference global temperatures are likely to be no warmer than the Paris COP in 2015. This would be a strange thing to happen if, as some climate scientists have claimed, recent years would have been a record even without the El Nino.
Parker explained what happens after an El Nino:
Now, it is typical for temperatures to drop in a post-El Nino environment, but certainly not to record lows. If that claim was correct, we would have had global record lows all over the last century. We haven't seen that since 1911. The last time we fell behind the 20th Century average was in 1976, and guess what, that was directly following the 1974-1975 strong El Nino.
Parker urged Breitbart News to consult a scientist the next time it wants to publish a "cherry-picked article."
Parker also called on her fellow scientists to "make the facts louder than the opinions."
The Weather Channel website adds:
[T]housands 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 ... Finally, to our friends at Breitbart: The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call. We're here for you. I'm sure we both agree this topic is too important to get wrong.