Fox News Contributor Dismisses 'the Quote Science' of Climate Change Presented By Greta Thunberg

Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich attempted to dismiss the well-established science warning of the dire impact of man-made climate change, criticizing Swedish teenager and activist Greta Thunberg for coming to the U.S. "to lecture" Americans.

"It's interesting that she's coming to Capitol Hill and the American government to lecture Americans about how they should be responding to what she calls a crisis," Pavlich said in a condescending tone during a segment of Fox News' America's Newsroom on Thursday.

"She claims that there needs to be more information about the quote 'science,' but actually on the other side there needs to be more information about the hundreds of scientists who actually disagree with the projections of climate change," she argued.

Despite Pavlich's criticism, at least 97 percent of scientists who regularly publish research focusing on environmental science agree that climate change is caused by human activity over the past century, according to NASA. While some scientists may have differing perspectives as Pavlich argued, the majority of leading experts in the field of environment science accept the man-made impact of industrialization on the climate. They regularly warn about the dire repercussions for humanity as well.

At the end of 2017, more than 15,000 scientists from around the world signed an open warning letter to humanity, which stated that "time is running out" to curb emissions and reduce the impact on the climate. "Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory," the scientists wrote.

"Humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse," they asserted.

In March, the United Nations warned that the world only has 11 years left to take serious action to avoid "irreversible damage" due to climate change. "We are the last generation that can prevent irreparable damage to our planet," General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, from Ecuador, said at the time.

Thunberg,16, who has led climate protests in Sweden, testified before Congress on Wednesday to raise her concerns about the global threat. She notably refused to take an airplane to the U.S., choosing instead to spend two weeks aboard a zero-emissions sailboat.

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Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg leaves after a gathering outside the U.S. Supreme Court to support the children's climate lawsuit against the U.S., in Washington, D.C. on September 18 ALASTAIR PIKE/Getty

"I am submitting this [scientific] report as my testimony because I don't want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists," the young activist stated. "And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take real action."

President Donald Trump is a notorious climate change denier. He has more than once confused weather with climate, demonstrating that he does not understand the science pointing to the reality of the planet's warming. The president also withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which every other nation in the world has now signed. That international treaty aimed to curb global emissions to keep temperatures to no more than 2 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels and to attempt to limit the increase to just 1.5 degrees celsius.

Under Trump's presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked to roll back environmental protections and emission standards. Most recently, the EPA did away with regulations regarding clean water, which enhanced protections for smaller waterways and wetlands, established during the eight-year term of former President Barack Obama.