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Published On: Thu, Dec 8th, 2016

Weather Channel attacks Breitbart for using their video in global cooling article

The Weather Channel has a message for the website Breitbart: “Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans”

Taking aim at Breitbart over an article published last week, the outlet attempted to debunk the site’s assertions against global warming.

For example, the claim that “Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record” as they state that “This number comes from one satellite-based estimate of temperatures above land areas in the lower atmosphere. Data from the other two groups that regularly publish satellite-based temperature estimates show smaller drops, more typical of the decline one would expect after a strong El Niño event.”

This image from the NOAA GOES-13 satellite shows the Christmas 2012 storm system on December 27, 2012 at 1845z. The center of low pressure can be seen over New England, along with gravity waves in the cloud formations over Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. NOAA photo

This image from the NOAA GOES-13 satellite shows the Christmas 2012 storm system on December 27, 2012 at 1845z. The center of low pressure can be seen over New England, along with gravity waves in the cloud formations over Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. NOAA photo

So, yes, it did get colder, but say it was such a big deal, because it’s not, according to TWC.

Their post itemizes various claims, dismissing each with remarks or qualifications: “There is nothing unusual about a drop in global surface temperatures when going from El Niño to La Nina.”

NPR covered the move, adding attacks to Breitbart, calling it an alt-right site posting “factually incorrect title about global temperature trends.”

“The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call,” the Weather Channel article stated. “We’re here for you. I’m sure we both agree this topic is too important to get wrong.”

The article notes that the factually incorrect story “drew even more attention” after the official Twitter account for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology shared it.

Breitbart’s main assertion remained untouched to many:

It resulted in a slew of “Hottest Year Evah” stories from the usual suspects. As I patiently explained at the time – here, here, and here – this wasn’t science but propaganda. If you’re a reader of Breitbart or one of the sceptical websites this will hardly have come as news to you. But, of course, across much of the mainstream media – and, of course, on all the left-leaning websites – these “Hottest Year Evah” stories were relayed as fact. And, inevitably, were often cited by a host of experts on Twitter as proof that evil deniers are, like, anti-science and totally evil and really should be thrown in prison for sacrificing the future of the world’s children by promoting Big-Oil-funded denialism.

This is why there is such an ideological divide regarding climate change between those on the left and those on the right. The lefties get their climate information from unreliable fake news sites like Buzzfeed.

 

This snow filled photo was proved to be faked by the AP

This snow filled photo was proved to be faked by the AP

Real photo of lake, no snow

Real photo of lake, no snow

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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