Weathermen Don’t Believe in Climate Change

John Coleman, the original ABC weatherman and the founder of The Weather Channel, doesn’t believe in climate change. “It is the greatest scam in history,” he blogged to mass response in November 2007. “Some dastardly scientists” and “environmental whacko type[s]” perpetuate “totally slanted, bogus global warming claims.” In his field, he’s not alone. According to a recent survey 29% of meteorologists agree with Coleman, half are ambivalent about climate change and a slim 24% believe that humans are responsible for global warming. That’s a lot of skeptical “experts.”

So why don’t weathermen believe in global warming? Mostly because they don’t know anything about it! Under half of the weathermen surveyed studied meteorology (as opposed to climatology) in college and only 17 percent hold advanced degrees. Which means, weathermen are just like regular people– and a whole lot of regular people don’t believe in climate change.

Thus, our weathermen say stuff like this, about a crazy snowstorm that crashed Vegas in December 2008: “Mother Nature is so big, the world is so big, the oceans are so big.” 900,000 people watched CNN meteorologist Chad Myers say this, that the climate is too complex and confusing to understand, on Lou Dobbs Tonight. The scientific community is not amused and plan on taking pop culture’s climate reporters back to school. “While there is a group that seems to have made up their mind about climate change, there’s still a substantial portion that’s interested in learning more,” says Sara Espinoza, a program director at National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

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