Right Wing Attacks ThinkProgress For Criticizing Global Warming Denial Of ‘TV Weatherman’

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Last week, Weather Channel founder and global warming denier John Coleman penned an article claiming global warming is a “scam.” Yesterday, CNN’s Glenn Beck hosted Coleman to discuss the “bullcrap” behind global warming. In the segment, Coleman claimed that global warming is “myth” and “bogus science”:

When I looked at the hockey stick graph…it showed a steady lying temperature throughout the millenium and then a sudden rise, I knew that that was incorrect. I knew it couldn’t possibly be. … And I found out it was bogus science. It wasn’t real. The numbers had been massaged. The whole thing had been created.

Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/11/beckcoleman3.320.240.flv]

The right wing has been touting Coleman’s claims as refutation of global warming. On Friday, Newsbusters attacked ThinkProgress for criticizing Coleman, claiming we had taken “climate alarmism to absurd degrees.” ThinkProgress, Newsbusters said, should treat Coleman as a “high profile member of the weather reporting community” with legitimate views on climate change.

In reality, Coleman’s views place him in the discredited fringe of global warming deniers — the modern day equivalent of those who believe the Earth is flat. As Science Magazine noted, in addition to the IPCC and National Academy of Sciences, there is overwhelming agreement about the causes of global warming:

In recent years, all major scientific bodies in the United States whose members’ expertise bears directly on the matter have issued similar statements. … The American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science all have issued statements in recent years concluding that the evidence for human modification of climate is compelling.

Coleman, a meteorologist, has been rebuked by his parent association, the American Meteorological Association, as well as his “baby,” The Weather Channel.

Coleman cites no scientific evidence for his claims in his original article. “I have studied. I have thought about it. I know I am correct,” he says to prove his point. If Coleman believes global warming is a “scam,” then he should bring peer-reviewed scientific proof to the table.

Newbusters and the right wing, however, are satisfied in relying on Coleman’s resume as a weatherman, insisting that his fringe views be given equal consideration with the world’s established scientific consensus.

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