Weather Channel Distances Itself From Co-Founder’s Controversial Comments on Climate Change

Oct 31, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The Weather Channel is moving away from widely publicized remarks about climate change that one of the channel’s co-founders made on Fox News. TVNewser reports that the channel’s CEO, David Kenny, addressed the issue in a memo to company staffers.

As previously reported, Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman said on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” that climate change is fake, and also criticized former Vice President Al Gore for making “a billion dollars off climate change.” His comments attracted a lot of attention and set off a swirl of controversy.

Kenny wrote in his memo: “Mr. Coleman does have a place in our company’s history, and we appreciate the contributions he made more than 30 years ago. However, we want to be clear: John Coleman is no longer affiliated with our company, and his opinions do not represent The Weather Company. We regret any confusion this has caused.”

Coleman, 80, was the first weather anchor for “Good Morning America” in the 1970s, and co-founded the Weather Channel in 1981. The channel is now owned by The Weather Company.

You can see the video of Coleman’s comments by clicking here.

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  1. How refreshing to hear someone speak the truth about “Global Warming” or “Climate Change.” Kind of makes you think twice about that whole “the debate is settled” kind of unscientific thinking. On another note, this probably means Mr. Coleman will not be allowed to attend “Climate Change Mass” every Sunday morning in the future.

  2. John actually did a short stint in Radio working the morning show on NewsTalk KFAB in Omaha. I was there working in sales at time (1993 – 94 time frame). Only Radio morning show guy I ever knew who came to work in a three-piece suit. Very pleasant guy to work with, a real conversationalist, and not someone who would say something just for the shock of it. I believe he is sincere as well as very well thought-out and researched in his beliefs. He speaks with credibility

  3. If John stated that he really believes the world is flat, would we give that statement any attention. He stated his opinion without any science to support his view. Much ado about nothing – again!

  4. We might all be a little bit better off if we were to strive for not CO2 reductions but rather “clean air to breathe and water to drink for everyone on this planet”. I have never been a big proponent of Global Warming or Climate Change [GWCC] because to me it is a useless cause.

    Its not that CO2 isn’t a problem since it certainly may be but I am not a climate scientist. Its not that GWCC isn’t happening because it certainly is given long range trends. That “trend” thing is something I understand as a retired Quality Engineer. But rather than making the same old “problem statement” [CO2] over and over again which isn’t working; don’t you think its time for a change?

    For the better part of 20 years we haven’t been able to get everyone to agree that GWCC is real. For heavens sakes people, most Americans don’t even know who the Vice President is or how many divisions there are in our U.S. Congress. It might be different in European and Asian countries but in America we really HATE anything government except for welfare and social security checks. The U.S. Congress has an approval rating of only about 15%.

    What the people have shown they want are fuel efficient vehicles, Electric Cars and more renewable energy and there is over 70% agreement in almost every level of society. So someone please tell me why we are wasting our time talking about CO2 when most people don’t even know what ppm means when if we just gave the American people what they want we would achieve our goal of “clean air to breathe and water to drink for everyone on this planet”. Get my point?

    We need implementation strategies not more studies. We need goal and objectives leading to changes in what society values and buys at Walmart. We need leadership that can change the behaviors of we the people. We need financial incentives to promote business investments. In short we need “clean air to breath and water to drink”.

    Thank you for reading this long posting.

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