Weather Channel Climate Expert: Decertify Global Warming Skeptics
Dr. Heidi Cullen, a 'Climate Expert' for cable TV's 'The Weather Channel' believes that the cause of global warming is man-made. If you are a meteorologist, you too should agree. So sayeth Dr. Cullen.
An item from EPW points to a Cullen blog entry from December, (she hosts the weekly global warming program "The Climate Code") and she is advocating that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) revoke their "Seal of Approval" for any television weatherman who expresses skepticism that human activity is creating a climate catastrophe.
It appears that she is serious. Does she really wish to try to silence critics and stifle dissent?
She writes:" Meteorologists are among the few people trained in the sciences who are permitted regular access to our living rooms. And in that sense, they owe it to their audience to distinguish between solid, peer-reviewed science and junk political controversy. If a meteorologist can't speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn't give them a Seal of Approval. Clearly, the AMS doesn't agree that global warming can be blamed on cyclical weather patterns. It's like allowing a meteorologist to go on-air and say that hurricanes rotate clockwise and tsunamis are caused by the weather. It's not a political statement...it's just an incorrect statement."
Wait - don't hurricanes (cyclones) rotate clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and counter clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere? Hope that question doesn't get me 'decertified.'
After slamming her critics and politicizing the process of global warming by trying to silence anyone that disagrees with her, the 'expert' then closes with this gem, "I agree with every meteorologist who says the topic of global warming has gotten too political. But that's why talking about the science is so important!"
Sorry, 'doc' - it appears that you only wish for those that agree with you to talk 'science.' Folks already lampoon the poor forecasting of weather folks and I'm certain I don't wish to get a dose of propaganda with my bungled weather forecasts - can someone tell me what's going on at the Weather Channel?
The first response to her blog entry says it very well. A person identified as Jordan writes:
"This is a bad idea. I am now retired but was a member of the AMS for many years. AMS could no more speak for all meteorologists than could the AMA speak for all doctors. This is another barely disguised attempt to silence the skeptics. It fits nicely with the Weather Channel's practice of presenting only one side of the issue. If you are a good scientist you will not only welcome questions about your conclusions you will insist upon them."
Science by consensus will always fail. 'The Weather Channel' should stick to forecasts and leave the propaganda and political debates for the cable news channels.
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