Weather Channel Humiliates Climate Denier John Coleman (again)

October 30, 2014


You may have seen crotchity non-scientist John Coleman,  whose greatest claim to fame is having been fired by the Weather Channel, on Fox News’ whatsername show,  a few days ago. (Wasn’t she supposed to be the “smart one”? I guess all things are relative..)
It’s getting  harder not to notice that climate deniers come from an increasingly distant generation, and prefer Fox News to actual respectable outlets.  Coleman gave the predictable “al gore, liberal scientists, its not humans” performance, and the echo chamber did the rest.

I’m sure it’s a coincidence that, two days later, The Weather Channel released a statement on climate change:

More than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations shows a sharp increase in both carbon dioxide and temperature. These observations, together with computer model simulations and historical climate reconstructions from ice cores, ocean sediments and tree rings all provide strong evidence that the majority of the warming over the past century is a result of human activities. This is also the conclusion drawn, nearly unanimously, by climate scientists.

Humans are also changing the climate on a more localized level. The replacement of vegetation by buildings and roads is causing temperature increases through what’s known as the urban heat island effect. In addition, land use changes are affecting impacts from weather phenomena. For example, urbanization and deforestation can cause an increased tendency for flash floods and mudslides from heavy rain. Deforestation also produces a climate change “feedback” by depleting a source which absorbs carbon dioxide.

The Future

Potential outcomes range from moderate and manageable to extreme and catastrophic, depending on a number of factors including location and type of effect, and amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Not every location and its inhabitants will be affected equally, but the more the planet warms, the fewer “winners” and the more “losers” there will be as a result of the changes in climate. The potential exists for the climate to reach a “tipping point,” if it hasn’t already done so, beyond which radical and irreversible changes occur.

The bottom line is that with the rate of greenhouse gas emissions increasing, a significant warming trend is expected to also continue. This warming will manifest itself in a variety of ways, and shifts in climate could occur quickly, so while society needs to continue to wrestle with the difficult issues involved with mitigation of the causes of global warming, an increased focus should be placed on resiliency and adaptation to the effects of global warming given the sensitivity of civilizations and ecosystems to rapid climate change.


8 Responses to “Weather Channel Humiliates Climate Denier John Coleman (again)”

  1. omnologos Says:

    Unsure where the “humiliation” would be? They’ve parted ways on this topic, not news.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      He’s a crank who dines out on his long past connection. They underlined it.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Question. If a long time crank denier is repeatedly humiliated but is completely oblivious to that fact, has he really been humiliated?

        (Unlike a tree that falls in the woods with no one present. The tree does make a “sound”, whether anyone “hears” it or not).

        • Andy Lee Robinson Says:

          If a Republican stands in the middle of the forest and there is nobody there to hear him, is he still lying?

          • dumboldguy Says:

            The answer to that is the same as to the question: “If a man is standing alone in the forest and there is no woman there to tell him he’s wrong, is he still wrong”?

  2. […] You may have seen crotchity non-scientist John Coleman, whose greatest claim to fame is having been fired by the Weather Channel, on Fox News' whatsername show, a few days ago. (Wasn't she suppos…  […]

  3. Hearing is to sound as _______is to the vibration of air molecules?

    • dumboldguy Says:

      If there is no “ear” to “hear”, does not the compression wave in the air (or series thereof) still exist? Does it not still make measurable impact on all surfaces it contacts, whether or not they are “designed by nature” to convert that impact to nerve impulses? If we could rewire the brain, would it be possible to hear colors, taste sounds, and smell with our fingertips? Did not phys-ed major Bill Cosby have the correct answer for his philosophy major girlfriend’s question “Why is there air?”

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