Weather Channel: Despite What Our Co-Founder Says, Climate Change Is Real

October 30, 2014 9:49 a.m.

The Weather Channel posted a statement Wednesday clarifying its position on global warming, just a day after its co-founder appeared on Fox News to explain why he thought man-made climate change is “bad science.”

The Weather Channel affirmed in its statement that the earth’s climate is warming. It also stated that scientists agree human activity has contributed to the “majority” of global warming over the last century:

More than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations shows a sharp increase in both carbon dioxide and temperature. These observations, together with computer model simulations and historical climate reconstructions from ice cores, ocean sediments and tree rings all provide strong evidence that the majority of the warming over the past century is a result of human activities. This is also the conclusion drawn, nearly unanimously, by climate scientists.

The statement did not mention co-founder John Coleman, although the decorated TV weatherman had disputed scientists’ consensus on man-made climate change Tuesday night on Fox’s “The Kelly File.”

“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,” he argued. “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.”

h/t Mediaite

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