The meteorologist who created the Weather Channel has completely embraced his persona as a climate change “denier” and refuses to back down from criticizing proponents of man-caused global warming.
“I’m just a dumb old skeptic — a denier as they call me — who ought to be jailed or put to death,” John Coleman said. “I understand how they feel. But you know something? I know I’m right. So I don’t care.”
Coleman, 82, blames Al Gore for starting all of this “global warming silliness” and said that it “just turns [his] stomach” to see other politicians jumping on the bandwagon, like San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, who just introduced his Climate Action Plan to the city.
“I think he saw money and power, and I don’t know what else he thought of it,” Coleman said. “I can’t believe he really [felt he] was going to save the city from some terrible fate.”
Ken Stone of My News LA interviewed Coleman:
“San Diego’s not going to go underwater. Period,” he says. “Not in my lifetime or yours or our kids’ lifetime. When the Earth ends in 4 1/2 billion years, it probably still won’t have flooded.”
He also mocks “the damn tsunami warning route signs that they put up all over the city,” which he calls “about as silly as anything I’ve ever saw in my life. The chance of a significant tsunami hitting Southern California is about as great as a flying saucer landing tonight at Lindbergh Field. It’s just sheer nonsense.”
Coleman writes a blog as a means to “battle to correct the bad science behind the ‘climate change’ frenzy.” He wants to expose the fudging of data, what he calls the “Algorian” method after the former vice president, that is making scientists rich off of government grants.
One of the myths he is constantly debunking is the “97% of climate scientists agree” citation that is very popular with politicians and the media.
“Do you believe that? That’s sheer nonsense,” Coleman said, calling it a “totally contrived figure.” He criticized President Obama for often touting the statistic and helping it gain legitimacy on the Left.
“But it’s totally fabricated,” Coleman added. “The so-called research that came up with that 97% was done by people who were looking to produce that figure and had to manipulate everything they got.”
All that number means, Coleman explains, is that most scientists, including himself, agree that the earth is warming. However, it’s not caused by man, he added:
“You’ve had Ice Ages and glacial periods, warm spells, one after another, cycling back and forth. And certainly man didn’t cause any of them. They’re all natural events.”
Coleman pointed to a survey by the American Meteorological Society which found 47% skeptical of and 53% in support of manmade climate change.
“And that’s after the society did everything they can to promote it,” he said. “The society has been totally politicized. And still they can’t get all their members aboard.”
The AMS doesn’t agree with Coleman’s take away, but that’s of no concern to him.
“I understand that there are plenty of people who rip me to shreds, and you can find strong and powerful put-downs on every topic I’m talking about,” Coleman stated. “But the truth is that I know all about all that stuff, and I don’t give a rat’s ass, because I know I’m right.”