Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt drew widespread condemnation from the scientific community this week when he said he didn’t believe carbon dioxide was a prime contributor to climate change.
“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” the EPA boss said during an interview with CNBC.
On Friday, the Weather Channel went out of its way to debunk Pruitt’s claims, as meteorologist Carl Parker succinctly outlined the science behind climate change in a matter of seconds.
“It is simply not true that there is disagreement among scientists, and there have been multiple studies that have shown that… 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is a man-made phenomenon,” he said.
Parker then put up a chart showing the rise in the average global temperature and its coinciding with the rise in carbon emissions into the atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution.
He then posted a graph showing temperature reconstructions going back thousands of years — and he pointed out that the only real drastic spike in temperature occurred during the time period when climate change began to accelerate.
“That is not natural,” said Parker. “That is man-made climate change.”
Watch the full video below.
The new EPA Administrator states he does not believe that CO2 is the leading cause of global warming, but science proves otherwise. pic.twitter.com/9i8VTDo7eY
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) March 10, 2017
WATCH: Drunk CEO brags about his wealth as he spews racist slurs at California bartender
During her shift this Tuesday night at a bar in Fresno, California, Rebecca Hernandez found herself on the receiving end of racist slurs from an intoxicated man. Since she was with only one other co-worker in the bar and feared for her safety, she took out her phone and started recording the incident on video.
“You’re a dark-haired dumbass, sand-n****r motherf*cker,” the man said to her.
“You’re going to be on the internet,” Hernandez told the man, who identified himself in the video as Jason Wood.
“No honey, I drive the internet," he responded.
Hernandez posted the video to Instagram, where it's garnered thousands of views.
Prosecutor spills details about Bill Barr’s ‘unprecedented, unnecessary and unexplained’ efforts to oust him
Geoffrey Berman, the man who until recently served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told members of Congress on Thursday about Attorney General Bill Barr's "unprecedented, unnecessary and unexplained" efforts to oust him.
In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Berman explained how Barr contacted him and repeatedly pressed him to step down from his position at SDNY to take another high-profile position within the government.
Berman, however, told Barr that he wanted to stay at his current job until a replacement was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate.
Seoul mayor found dead after ‘#MeToo allegations’
Seoul's outspoken mayor Park Won-soon, long seen as a potential South Korean presidential candidate, was found dead, police said Friday. He was 64.
A former Seoul City employee filed a police complaint -- allegedly involving sexual harassment -- against him on Wednesday.
Park's body was found on a mountain in northern Seoul, police said, hours after hundreds of officers started searching for him.
If Park does prove to have killed himself he would be the highest-profile South Korean politician to do so since former president Roh Moo-hyun, who jumped off a cliff in 2009 after being questioned over corruption allegations involving family members.