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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/20/2009

Weather Channel Founder Talks Climate 'Scam'

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GOOD Magazine has an illuminating interview with San Diego TV weatherman and Weather Channel founder John Coleman, who is an outspoken critic of mainstream climate science. Coleman doubts that humans are altering the climate system, and even disputes that the climate has warmed at all (though it's not clear what time period Coleman is referring to).

Coleman has written numerous pieces on his KUSI-TV blog contending that global warming is a "scam."

The interview with GOOD writer David Puner sheds light on Coleman's lengthy career path in TV weathercasting -- after being ousted from the Weather Channel he had stints in cities including New York and Chicago before arriving in California -- and also his scientific research into climate change.

Keep reading for more on Coleman's take on climate change...

"... I've been studying it," Coleman said of global warming, "reading stuff, and looking at it, and can't figure out what the heck they're talking about."

Coleman said the media hype surrounding climate change is all aimed at scaring people and drumming up ratings, and has no scientific basis. "Have temperatures gone up? No. Is global warming sweeping the planet? No. Is the ice melting at the poles? No," Coleman said.

Needless to say, Coleman didn't have very nice things to say about the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Al Gore, whom he has proposed suing for fraud. (See our past coverage of that attention-grabbing idea.)

"I have a friend who calls the Nobel Peace Prize the Liberal of the Year Award," Coleman told Puner.

MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emmanuel offered this rebuttal in the magazine article: "I would not take anything that John Coleman says too seriously."

How seriously do you think Coleman should be taken? Feel free to comment below.

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