January 22, 2018

RIP, Weather Channel Founder and ‘Climate Change’ Skeptic John Coleman

Weather Channel pioneer and award-winning meteorologist John Coleman, 83, passed away Saturday. During the last 20 years of his career, during what he called his “retirement job” at San Diego station KUSI-TV, Coleman also emerged as an outspoken skeptic of “global warming” aka “climate change.”

It’s quite damning that the Associated Press, whose Seth Borenstein and other climate change-advocating reporters certainly knew of him, couldn’t even get Coleman’s first name right when it first announced his passing, as seen in this posted correction:


How pathetic is that? (Or, perhaps, how convenient?)

Sometime between 4:51 p.m. and roughly 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, the AP appears to have changed its Coleman obituary headline from “TV meteorologist who helped launch the Weather Channel dies” to “Weather Channel co-founder who slammed climate change dies.”

Even after his death, Coleman’s climate-change positions will continue to mock those who insist that there is an ironclad “consensus” about man-made global warming, as his October 2014 letter to those running a UCLA forum on climate change — one which deliberately excluded skeptics — made crystal clear:

Dear UCLA Hammer Forum officials,

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. Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant “greenhouse” gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed. There has been no warming over 18 years. … 9,000 other Ph.D. scientists all agree with my opening two sentences.

Despite punitive thought enforcement against so-called “deniers” in the scientific community, there is clearly no consensus.

Coleman’s reactions to intimidation and rejection typified his defiant spirit:

“I’m just a dumb old skeptic — a denier as they call me — who ought to be jailed or put to death,” he says. “I understand how they feel. But you know something? I know I’m right. So I don’t care.”

“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. … 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.”

That UCLA letter brought Coleman national attention. Climate Depot has posted two videos, one with then-Fox News Kelly File host Megyn Kelly and another with CNN’s Brian Stelter. Those interviews show that even at 80, Coleman could clearly articulate his views and put a hack like Stelter, who introduced the segment by insisting that there aren’t two legitimate sides to the debate, in his place. Short snips and related transcripts from those videos follow this post.

Leading skeptic Mark Morano had this to say upon learning of Coleman’s death:

… “Coleman … had the courage to call out ‘global warming’ claims and go after Al Gore, Bill Nye and many others. The meteorological world lost a giant today!”

Rest in peace, sir.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.


From Coleman’s appearance on CNN with Brian Stelter; October 2014 (full video here):


BRIAN STELTER, CNN: First, let me bring in John Coleman. He’s in San Diego this morning. Thank you for being here.

JOHN COLEMAN: It’s nice to be on CNN. Hello to all your viewers.

I resent you calling me a denier. That is a word meant to put me down. I’m a skeptic about climate change. And I want to make it darned clear, (then-current Weather Channel CEO David) Mr. Kenny is not a scientist, and I am. He’s the CEO of the Weather Channel now. I was the founder of The Weather Channel, not the co-founder.

STELTER: And I’m glad you did, because I am addicted to The Weather Channel. I watch a lot of cable —

COLEMAN: I’m talking now. Hold on a minute. I’m not done.

CNN has taken a very strong position on global warming that is a “consensus.” Well, there is no consensus in science. Science isn’t a vote. Science is about facts.

And if you get down to the hard, cold facts, there is no question about it. Climate change is not happening. There is no significant man-made global warming now. There hasn’t been any in the past, and there’s no reason to expect any in the future.

There’s a whole lot of baloney, and yes it has become a big political point of the Democratic Party and part of their platform. And I regret that it’s become political instead of scientific. But the science is on my side.

STELTER: I don’t think we’re going to come to a conclusion about the topic right here. What I do want to know is when you see —

COLEMAN: Well I know we’re not, because you wouldn’t allow it to happen on CNN.

STELTER: Well, we’ve been talking here for several minutes —

COLEMAN: But I’m happy that I got on the air to talk to your viewers. Hello everybody!

STELTER: What I do —

COLEMAN: There is no global warming!

From Coleman’s appearance on Fox News’s Megyn Kelly show; October 2014 (full video here):


MEGYN KELLY: John Coleman is the cofounder of The Weather Channel, winner of the American Meteorol — that’s a tough one — Meteorological Society’s Award for Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year, and he has spent more than 60 years reporting on the weather. John, good to see you tonight.

And so upset were you by the claims of man-made global warming that you wrote a letter to the UCLA’s Hammer Museum for their forum that was called “Tackling Climate Change.” And you said, “You don’t have both sides represented. And I’m here to tell you that man-made global climate change is a myth.”

How can you say that?

COLEMAN: Well it’s very easy, but thank you for having me on your program. You know, a climate skeptic can rarely get on TV ever since Al Gore made it a plank of the Democratic Party.

KELLY: And they say you’re a loony-tunes if you don’t believe as he does.

COLEMAN: You bet. And I’ve been in TV news organizations now for 60 years. And I only met two Republicans the whole time, and they were both hiding in the closet. It’s a tough go for people who don’t believe in climate change.

KELLY: Well, we heard a lot of that from the last, even, presidential debate. Even some of the Republican candidates up there suggested you were nuts. Remember Jon Huntsman? If you don’t believe in man-made global climate change —

COLEMAN: Well, it’s very difficult for anybody to be against it, because the media has told the nation over and over again, day after day for 20 years, that the oceans are rising, the polar bears are dying, the sea ice is melting, that storms are going to sweep the earth, and that we’re all going to die of a heat wave. I mean, this is incredible, bad, bad science.


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