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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Weather Channel made a wrong turn

John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, blasted the network yesterday saying that it has lost it's way.

“The Weather Channel had great promise, and that’s all gone now because they’ve made every mistake in the book on what they’ve done and how they’ve done it and it’s very sad,” Coleman said. “It’s now for sale and there’s a new owner of The Weather Channel will be announced – several billion dollars having changed hands in the near future. Let’s hope the new owners can recapture the vision and stop reporting the traffic, telling us what to think and start giving us useful weather information.”

The Weather Channel has been an outlet for global warming alarmism. In December 2006, The Weather Channel’s Heidi Cullen argued on her blog that weathercasters who had doubts about human influence on global warming should be punished with decertification by the American Meteorological Society.

If the Weather Channel wants to provide climate change information, then it should focus on the science - ALL the science. The fact that it disregards the effects of the Sun, discounts the warming periods and natural cycles that have occurred in the past and drives an alarmist message demonstrates that it is pushing a political agenda rather than a scientific one.

Anybody who sates that the debate is over is trying to drive an agenda. A true scientist would always be open to debate and would argue the data and the evidence and draw new conclusions as new information became available. What we have now is information that is being supressed and mocked to push a particular point.

Mr. Coleman even goes so far as to propose that Al Gore and others be sued in a court of law to prove their claims. This would force the skeptical view into the public and require that the complete data set be reviewed openly.
Coleman also told the audience his strategy for exposing what he called “the fraud of global warming.” He advocated suing those who sell carbon credits, which would force global warming alarmists to give a more honest account of the policies they propose.

“[I] have a feeling this is the opening,” Coleman said. “If the lawyers will take the case – sue the people who sell carbon credits. That includes Al Gore. That lawsuit would get so much publicity, so much media attention. And as the experts went to the media stand to testify, I feel like that could become the vehicle to finally put some light on the fraud of global warming.”

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