Fox News host Megyn Kelly gave a platform Monday night to John Coleman, a retired TV weatherman and a co-founder of the Weather Channel who firmly believes climate change is a myth.
After thanking Kelly for giving airtime to a climate change “skeptic” like himself, which he said was hard to come by “ever since Al Gore made it a plank of the Democratic Party,” Coleman slammed the scientific community’s focus on man-made climate change.
“It’s very difficult for anybody to be against it because the media has told the nation over and over again, day after day for 20 years, that the oceans are rising, the polar bears are dying, the ice is melting, that storms are going to sweep the Earth and that we’re all going to die of a heat wave,” he said. “I mean, this is an incredible bad, bad science.”
Kelly repeatedly asked what data Coleman had to show to the contrary.
“Well, there are 9,000 Ph.D.s and 31 scientists who have signed a petition that says [carbon dioxide] is not a significant greenhouse gas. Oh it’s a teeny, itsy-bitsy greenhouse gas, but it’s not in any way significant,” Coleman said. “And we are sure of it. It’s not like something I just made up or just thought of. I’ve studied and studied and studied.”
There is consensus among the scientific community that global warming is caused by human activity — 97.1 percent of studies expressing a position on climate change agree on that fact, to be precise — but Coleman went on to argue that despite what Al Gore may say, the polar ice caps are doing just fine.
“Not only is the ice not melting, more polar bears are alive and happy today than we’ve had in a hundred years,” Coleman said. “Life is good, Ms. Kelly, I got to tell you. Life is good.”
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Correction: This post originally referred to Coleman as a retired meteorologist. Coleman was TV weatherman but did not hold a degree in meteorology.