The green glob has been spending time and money indoctrinating young television meteorologists. The proof comes from a meteorologist profiled by Bloomberg named Amber Sullivan who is the chief meteorologist at ABC 15 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sullins got exposed to climate science four years ago when she attended a workshop for broadcasters at University of Arizona. While there she watched a lecture by Benjamin Santer, an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who also happens to be a climate alarmist.
Allegedly taking into account that the demands of her job were changing due to appearing on digital segments, Sullins states she prepared herself by asking questions one-on-one with Dr. Santer. However, what’s worse is that broadcasters who have taken workshops for broadcasters are now receiving climate alarmist propaganda from a warmist group complete with talking points they can bring up during their forecasts. According to Bloomberg:
There are about 500 broadcasters like Sullins and Morales, who each receive regular data dumps and ready-to-use graphics from Climate Matters, an organization whose mission is to turn TV meteorologists into local climate educators. The program was founded in 2010 by Climate Central, a research-and-journalism nonprofit, with help from George Mason University, the American Meteorological Society, and others. Newscasters who participate are sent possible topics for climate-related segments every week, with TV-ready data and graphics pegged to large-scale meteorological events, such as unusually high heat or precipitation, local trends, or seasonal themes.
The weekly packages distributed by Climate Matters also offer explanations from NASA or NOAA about the science behind each topic, as well as a summary of climate news and research. The effort is funded in part by a National Science Foundation grant that allows the organizers to measure progress.
Thankfully, Climate Matters’ efforts have not been entirely successful:
[Ed] Maibach, who is also an investigator for the federal grant that funds Climate Matters, periodically surveys broadcast meteorologists about climate change. The most recent survey, of 486 broadcast meteorologists, was released last month; it found that 95 percent agree that the climate is changing.
“I believe we are getting to some tipping point. We are reaching much deeper into the mainstream meteorologist community,” says Bernadette Woods Placky, a former newscaster who is the chief meteorologist and program director at Climate Matters.
Still, only half of those surveyed managed to correctly identify human activity as the main driver of climate change. That’s similar to the 53 percent of Americans who attribute it to humans, according to an “opinion map” by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
Thanks to the Climate Central materials, Sullins states it makes it easier to communicate (i.e. evangelize) human induced climate change science. However, it is clear that her attempts at climate change evangelism are the result of her going along with what she is told and not what she has researched on her own. For example, Dr. Robert Balling (video below) who is working in Arizona State University’s Geography department, headed the university’s Climatology Department lab and authored a scathing criticism of Al Gore’s movie would give her much better information than what she was told at the U of A workshop.
Efforts like this on the part of climate alarmist groups and meteorologists, like Amber Sullins, demonstrates they are not confident of their positions since by trying so hard to convince people, the public can tell when they are being given a sales pitch. It is also no coincidence that television meteorologists pitching for human induced climate change is occurring after Donald Trump was elected President and is working to reverse much of the climate change policies enacted by his illustrious predecessor.
Environmentalists have politicized science of subjects like global warming in order to achieve their ends of attempting to revert mankind back to the Stone Age. Despite losing the wider debate, however, it has not stopped environmentalists and their allies in science and the media since defeats are only a setback. Not only are they twisting or changing scientific data in order to continue to link human activity to climate change, they are indoctrinating potential television meteorologists in order to achieve and maintain political power.