Weather Channel Rebukes Its Co-Founder On Climate Change

The Weather Channel has released an official on global warming, just two days after the channel’s co-founder that climate change is based on “bad science” and does not exist.

In the statement, The Weather Channel said the planet is “indeed
warming,” with temperatures increasing 1 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit in
the last 100 years. The statement acknowledged that humans are helping
make the planet warmer due to the burning of fossil fuels and
deforestation. It says the future effects of climate change will be more
negative than positive.

“The bottom line is that with the rate of greenhouse gas emissions
increasing, a significant warming trend is expected to also continue,”
the Weather Channel’s statement reads.

Though a spokesperson for the Weather Channel did not return
ThinkProgress’ request for comment as to why it decided to release a
position statement, it is very possible that it had something to do with
John Coleman, a Weather Channel co-founder who was reportedly “
after a year on the job. The former television meteorologist has been
making news for his views on climate change, which were broadcast on on Monday night, and in the U.K.’s last week.

“I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a
political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid,”
Coleman said. “There has been no warming for 18 years.”
Conservative publications ran with the statements,
a “top meteorologist” had debunked the science of global warming. Never
mind that Coleman doesn’t even have a degree in meteorology, as he
himself has admitted.

“Many people don’t accept my position that there is no significant
man-made global warming because I am simply a Television Meteorologist
without a Ph.D.,” he wrote on his is July. “I understand that.”
But even if he did have a meteorology degree, it wouldn’t really
matter. Meteorologists are not climate scientists. As pointed out by
Media Matters, climatologists’ than meterologists’, and they Indeed, a handful of weather forecasters have been known to sometimes skew the issue, which then becomes to back-up their climate denial.
Coleman is also associated with one of the least credible
organizations out there on climate change.

On the website of the Heartland Institute — a
the existence of climate change, considers the U.N. Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change to be “a joke,” and has equated people that
believe in climate change with the Unabomber — Coleman is listed as an
“expert,” one who believes climate science represents a “fraudulent
activity based on bad science in a continuing quest for funding.” And
Coleman has that his views on climate change are based on the Nongovernmental
International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), a non-peer reviewed
document crafted by scientists who are each paid $300,000 by Heartland to argue against the scientific evidence in the IPCC report.

Contrary to Coleman’s statements and in line with the Weather
Channel’s, the scientific evidence that human-caused greenhouse gas
emission are the primary drivers of global warming is robust. And the
planet is warming — NOAA reports that the last 12 months has been the
warmest 12-month period among all months since records began in 1880,
with 2014 probably on track to becoming the
on record. Meanwhile, our oceans are rapidly heating, acidifying, and
impacting the weather, and scientists believe global surface
temperatures are rapidly in the face of those increasingly warm and acidic oceans.

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