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Jimmy Kimmel roasts Sarah Palin for climate change skepticism

Technically Incorrect: The late-night host defends 97 percent of scientists against the former governor's criticisms. And then he gets the scientists themselves to do some defending.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


He isn't a scientist. But some of his guests are.

Jimmy Kimmel Live; YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

We're not f***ing with you.

This was the message repeated quite a few times by various scientists (and a small child) on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night.

Kimmel was moved to contact these scientists (and the small child) by Sarah Palin.

The former Governor of Alaska does create movement in people. In this case, Palin had shown her support for a documentary about climate change denial.

Kimmel tried to explain that when 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is caused by the behavior of real human beings, it's likely to be true.


He wondered who Palin was to question these scientists.

"I have a feeling maybe Sarah Palin wants global warming," he said. "It's cold in Alaska."

He added: "The idea that she knows more than 97 percent of scientists is offensive."

Kimmel insists that this isn't a political issue. It's not about left or right. It's about scientists being right.

So, perhaps knowing that his own authority is fairly minimal on this subject, he produced several climate scientists to express their views.

"If we wanted to f*** with you, I'm sure we could have done a lot better than anthropogenic climate change," says marine environmental scientist John Dorsey.

"I'd probably tell you that a meteor was coming and try to sell you a helmet," says paleontologist and isotope geochemist Aradhna Tripati.

A small child added his feelings: "You motherf***ers better not f*** this up."

Kimmel isn't the only comedian who's tried to explain that climate change is real. John Oliver spent a few minutes on the subject too.

But some people will believe what they choose to believe.

For them, Kimmel has only good wishes: "If at the end you disagree [with the scientists], while we're all under water I hope you'll be the last one who gets a snorkel."