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Ever wonder what happened to the dottering, old kook from the Weather Channel that was the world's foremost Global Warming Denier?  His name is ... was ... John Coleman.  And yes, he was instrumental in getting the Weather Channel on the map.  But then one day Coleman whipped out his political affiliation and the rest was his undoing.

The future of our civilization lies in the balance.  

That’s the battle cry of the High Priest of Global Warming Al Gore and his fellow, agenda driven disciples as they predict a calamitous outcome from anthropogenic global warming.  According to Mr. Gore the polar ice caps will collapse and melt and sea levels will rise 20 feet inundating the coastal cities making 100 million of us refugees.  Vice President Gore tells us numerous Pacific islands will be totally submerged and uninhabitable.  He tells us global warming will disrupt the circulation of the ocean waters, dramatically changing climates, throwing the world food supply into chaos.

For a time, John Coleman was their golden boy.  The "scientist" everyone on the Republican Wrong pointed to when they needed some proof that not every scientist on the planet was in complete agreement with ... well ... every other scientist on the planet.  Rush, Hannity, here in Detroit our own little Rush wannabe Frank Beckmann, all touted Coleman's rantings as the anti-gospel to Al Gore's consipiracy to dupe Americans and sell Carbon Footprint Tee-shirts then retire comfortably in Hawaii, which would oddly not be beneath 4 feet of water.

Now?

Tsk tsk tsk.

Coleman still rants.  But when compared to his earlier self-described glory days, his new lectern, a tiny local tv soapbox in San Diego is, well dammit it's just precious and almost pitiful.

The straw man he constructs, (that is a case for Global Warming which is completely devoid of the actual science and data - you know, like Al Gore with a bong ... ) is torn down by an equally meaningless "rebuttal."  It reads like the comments section which has been overrun by small minded, throwback bigots at Freep.com.  Not because of their bigotry, although I have no doubt that John Coleman would fit in at any good Confederate Republican Supremist event, but just because they all sound the same.

To quote Brooks:  "You know.   Morons."

I guess he'll continue to be Rush's big Anti-Gore resource and I guess that's ok - it's just so cute!

But it should be noted that since sending him out to pasture, the Weather Channel has since abandoned denying the obvious and replaced Coleman with an actual scientist and a staff of actual meterologists.  And their view of climate change has mysteriously gone from one of tacit denial ... to one of fact.

But c'mon John.  You had your shot.  Dotter along now.

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Originally posted to Detroit Mark on Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 11:14 AM PDT.

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  •  Rec'd for a Blazing Saddles reference (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OldYellerDog, Norbrook

    and for reminding us that plenty of loonies still inhabit this planet.

  •  One element of his story made me hesitate (0+ / 0-)

    and that is this:

    On May 20th, a list of the names of over thirty-one thousand scientists who refute global warming was released.  Thirty-one thousand of which 9,000 are Ph.ds.  Think about that.  Thirty-one thousand.  That dwarfs the supposed 2,500 scientists on the UN panel. In the past year, five hundred of scientists have issued public statements challenging global warming.   A few more join the chorus every week.  There are about 100 defectors from the UN IPCC.

    If this is so - who are these scientists? From what specific fields of research?

    I worked for Mother Jones Radio when the magazine's landmark global warming issuecame out. Most notable to me was the intricate web of funding behind most deniers, from such disinterested parties as Exxon. Of course, that leaves me skeptical.

    Thirty-one thousand. I'd love to see that list qualified and analyzed.

    On a more snide note: man, that guy needs a copy editor.

    •  Ah. That. (4+ / 0-)

      So what does it take to be included among the 31,000 "experts" on the petition? Well, according to the OISM criteria, any undergraduate science degree will do just fine. Bet you never thought that BS you earned 20 years ago made you a qualified climatologist. Congratulations!

      OISM also wants to let you know that 9,021 of the signers hold PhDs. They don't specify what the doctorates are in, but they repeat that figure quite a bit, as if it means something. Since the group was nice enough to list all 31,000 signers, including the dead people, let's take a look at the qualifications of three randomly-selected "climate experts."

      W. Kline Bolton, M.D. is a professor of medicine and Nephrology Division Chief at the University of Virginia. Nephrology deals with the study of the function and diseases of the kidney.
      Zhonggang Zeng is one of the 9,000 with a PhD. He is a professor of mathematics at Northeastern Illinois University. His most recent publication is entitled "Computing multiple roots of inexact polynomials."

      Hub Hougland is a dentist in Muncie, Indiana. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame last year.

      How many times must poppycock come out of a person's mouth before you just accept that it will all be poppycock?

      Hey!  Let's wait a few minutes!  Maybe this time he'll say something true!!!

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