The Weather Channel Debunked Breitbart's Erroneous Climate Change Article In 2 Minutes

"Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future, nor the fact that the earth is warming."

When the House Committee On Science, Space And Technology inexplicably tweeted a link to a Breitbart article asserting that global temperatures were actually dropping, not rising as climate scientists claimed, the department was roundly criticized on social media and beyond. 

The Breitbart article included a video from The Weather Channel featuring meteorologist Kait Parker discussing La Niña to back up their case about the "alarmist narrative" that was global warming. On Tuesday, Parker took it upon herself to pick apart the article, devoting just under two minutes to use science to trump opinion. 

Parker slammed the conservative website for cherry-picking statements and numbers from reports to push climate change denial, and for using a video of her report. "Here's the thing. Science doesn't care about your opinion," she said. "Cherry-picking and twisting the facts will not change the future, nor the fact — note, fact, not opinion — that the earth is warming."

She then proceeded to debunk the article's claims, point by point. 


The Weather Channel also devoted an article of their own taking down Breitbart's piece

Parker's message to Breitbart — and climate change deniers at large — was well received, though naturally it also enraged some. When one Twitter user noted that she was "very pretty" but told her to stop using the weather "as a way to attack conservatives" (what is she, God?) Parker fired back:

I'd rather we talk about *actual science* and leave my appearance out of the conversation.

While Breitbart's tendency to publish misleading articles like this one is not unusual, what was more troubling was that it was shared by the House Committee On Science, Space And Technology. Climate change is real whether or not we like it, and pretending it doesn't exist is foolish at best.

The incoming Trump administration, as well as the GOP lawmakers who will dominate Congress over the next two years, are well-known for their denial of climate change to some degree. As the threat of global warming looms ever large and those in power continue to deny its existence, Parker had a reminder for her fellow scientists: "Let's make the facts louder than the opinions."


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