Paul  Weyrich

When I was the political reporter and weekend anchor at WISN TV, the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee, John Coleman was our weatherman. He was s strong conservative and was known for his sense of humor. One time it had rained for 30 days straight. Coleman said if it rained on the 31st day he would produce the weather forecast standing on his head. It rained. He did it. Another time the camera opened on a wide shot of a blindfolded John Coleman throwing darts at a dartboard labeled "Hot," "Cold," "Snow," "Rain," "Sunny," "Cloudy," "Fog," "Drizzle" and so on. He had had a string of days when his forecasts had been erroneous. John said "Well, this probably is as good as my forecasts these days." Coleman went on to be the weatherman on "Good Morning America" for seven years. He began the weather channel with his life savings. He subsequently has forecast the weather in New York and Chicago. Today he says his retirement job is weatherman for KUSI in San Diego.

In a remarkable speech before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, Coleman was very serious about global warming as the consummate fraud. He began by saying that we should give credit where credit is due. There is, he said, an intrinsic connection between Al Gore's campaign for global warming and $4 per gallon gasoline. "It comes down to....the claim that carbon dioxide in the exhaust from your car and in the smoke stacks of our power plants is destroying the climate of planet earth. What an amazing fraud; what a scam" He then recited Gore's dire warnings. "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 agenda driven disciples as they predict a calamitous outcome from anthropogenic global warming." He said Gore, with a preacher's zeal, sets out to strike terror into us and our children and make us feel we are all complicit in the potential demise of the planet.

"Here," said Coleman, "is my rebuttal. There is no significant man-made global warming. There has not been any in the past, there is none now and there is no reason to fear any in the future." Coleman went on to say that the climate of earth is changing. It always has changed. But mankind's activities have not overwhelmed or significantly modified the natural forces."

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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