The Weather Channel released an official statement on Wednesday, October 29 expressing its firm endorsement of climate change as fact. The statement was released in the aftermath of recent comments expressing doubt in climate change by John Coleman, co-founder of The Weather Channel.
In the statement, The Weather Channel said, “The bottom line is that with the rate of greenhouse gas emissions increasing, a significant warming trend is expected to also continue… 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.”
As The Huffington Post reports, Coleman, in a recent appearance on Fox News’ program The Kelly File told host Megyn Kelly that he didn’t believe in climate change, calling it, “an incredible, bad, bad science.” Earlier in the month, Coleman also penned an open letter that stated, “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.”
As Salon points out, Coleman – who is not a trained meteorologist, and does not have a degree in the field—has a longstanding grievance with climate scientists. In a 2010 feature, the Columbia Journalism Review quoted Coleman as saying that climate scientists, “respect government and disrespect business, particularly big business. They are environmentalists above all else.”
While the Weather Channel did not explicitly address Coleman’s comments in the statement, the release comes two days after Coleman’s most recent comments. As DeSmogBlog notes, Coleman was one of the original co-founders of The Weather Channel, but was forced out within a year of the network’s debut.