I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is being nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2019
As usual with a Trump pick there were problems from the get go, one glaring one being Craft’s apparent lack of understanding of climate change. In an interview Craft has gone on record saying she she appreciates and respects “both sides of the science,” a nonsensical stance.
Always nice to hear someone who could represent our country to the rest of the world spout false equivalences and promote pseudo-science about an almost universally agreed-upon issue that concerns the fate of the entire planet.
Watch Trump’s UN nominee Kelly Craft say about climate change, “I believe there are scientists on both sides that are accurate.”
“I think both sides have, you know, their own results from their studies, & I appreciate & respect both sides of the science.” pic.twitter.com/A3RIFlhSnZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2019
The above clip is bad enough but listen to the longer segment and she sounds like A TOTAL GODDAMN MORON, HOLY SMOKES.
The president's nominee for UN Ambassador discussing the "good sciences" on "both sides" of climate changehttps://t.co/F4QSVWdEUp
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 23, 2019
Needless to say Craft’s empty-headed climate change stance brought immediate criticism and mockery from those paying attention.
Getting DeVos vibes here. https://t.co/9c7xV2c7tO
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) February 23, 2019
Fact check: science only has one side on this. For instance, just because flat earthers exist doesn't mean there are two sides to whether the earth is an oblate spheroid. https://t.co/LRXCGf7hLv
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) February 23, 2019
This hurts my head. You know. Science is science. The reason scientists do studies and conduct experiments is to prove their hypothesis or be judged wrong by peers. It's not a both teams get trophies event. You know. https://t.co/d9ffveE1Uk
— Julie Wilcox WX (@JulieWilcoxWX) February 23, 2019
There is ~98% consensus, plus or minus 2% among climate scientists on climate change.
In other words, there are no two sides on the climate change debate among scientists.
Also, there is no “both sides” in science. There is only the scientific method. https://t.co/AoZANXemdd
— Bryan William Jones (@BWJones) February 23, 2019
— XRSault (@XRSault) February 23, 2019
This is dereliction of duty and climate change is an actual emergency. https://t.co/rjYjvlS5Ri
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) February 23, 2019
"both sides of the science" https://t.co/PznQRhxBJD
— Raju Narisetti (@raju) February 23, 2019
SCIENCE IS NOT AN OPINION 🤬 https://t.co/kS20h8BrB4
— Roxxy Goetz (@YesThatRoxxy) February 23, 2019
“just to cover my bases, I eat legumes and vegetables like my nutritionist told me and I also guzzle paint straight out of the can on the advice of a guy I once saw screaming on a corner. I think both sides have their points.” https://t.co/vPAI8InpzK
— Seth D. Michaels 🎁🎉 (@sethdmichaels) February 23, 2019
Why do so many Trump nominees come off like Harry Potter villains? https://t.co/0U6LrNGr4c
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 23, 2019
She's being promoted from pissing off Canadians to pissing off the world. https://t.co/cVgujzxi5C
— Quasi-Mediocre (@QuasiMediocre) February 23, 2019
Rump admin is the biggest group of morons and crooks ever collected https://t.co/mHUsB9kHqe
— VoteBlueToSaveAmerica (@ImberJane) February 23, 2019
Some pointed out that it’s important to follow the money. That sooty, sooty money.
The other side of climate science is being married to a coal baron who’s fortune depends on the denial of climate change. https://t.co/mzOujZgtZz
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 23, 2019
Kelly Kraft is the wife of the CEO of Alliance Resource Partners, one the largest coal mining companies in the United States. The billionaire couple have donated more than $2 million to Trump through various means. https://t.co/qAPFir1XMp https://t.co/j4zZOlx2YG
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) February 22, 2019
REMINDER: Trump's nominee to UN Ambassador is a coal family exec who funds Mitch McConnell –> https://t.co/XwwtDcUTdh
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) February 23, 2019