Last night on Fox’s Kelly File, guest John Coleman, co-founder of The Weather Channel announced that “There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.”
He went on to say that it is difficult for anyone who doubts climate change to get on TV anywhere “ever since Al Gore made it a plank of the Democratic Party,” adding that after 60 years in broadcasting he had only met two Republicans in the industry and that they were both “hiding in the closet” as if that validated his claim that the views of science deniers are never aired.
Kelly asked him what data he has that proves his claim that there is no man-made climate change.
“There are 9,000 PhDs and 31 scientists who have signed a petition that says it [CO2] is not a significant greenhouse gas, oh it’s a teeny, itsy-bitsy greenhouse gas, but it’s not in any way significant. And we are sure of it, it’s not like something I’ve made up or just thought of, I’ve studied and studied and studied.”
Of course he doesn’t tell us what the disciplines are that those PhDs are in, nor what fields those 31 scientists are in, nor does he bother to tell us that his own degree is a Bachelors in Journalism. He isn’t a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist which requires a degree in Meteorology and does not even have an AMS Seal of Approval, which doesn’t need a degree in Meteorology but does require a demonstration of some understanding of weather phenomena and technical competence.
Even a meteorologist is not qualified to make a pronouncement on the validity of climate science, since their training is in predicting weather, not climate.
He demonstrated his willingness to play fast and loose with facts and figures when he told Kelly that Al Gore has “made a billion dollars” on climate change, an interesting comment since Gore’s net worth is estimated at around $100 million.
He concluded by making the false claim that “more polar bears are alive and happy today than we’ve had in a hundred years,” a popular myth that no one can offer a legitimate source for.
Watch the conversation in the video below.