Arment Dietrich

Is Global Warming a Scam?

By: Arment Dietrich | November 26, 2007 | 

“It’s the greatest scam in history”, writes John Coleman , founder of The Weather Channel.  “I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM”. (Click here to read the article).

Wow. If John Coleman is in anyway right about this, not only are we are looking at the greatest scam in history, but also the greatest act of spin in history.

Let’s take a step back and imagine, for a moment, that what John is saying is true. In his opinion, global warming is an illusion fabricated by scientists, journalists, politicians, movie producers, and extremists with “political and environmental motives” as a way of scaring the public into “adhering to a radical agenda”.  John does not delve any deeper into what this agenda is, or what it is set out to accomplish, so let’s assume for a moment that this so-called “agenda” is somehow related to an oil crisis. From this point of view, global powers made a highly secretive and unanimous decision to introduce something called “Global Warming” to dupe the unsuspecting public into believing the world will soon end without drastic change. The hoped-for effect is a reduction of energy consumption leading to better management of the dwindling oil supply that continues to diminish due to war and overconsumption. By teaming up with the world’s best known scientists, journalists, movie producers, politicians, and environmental extremists, the plan becomes fool proof. The public is saturated with messages from trustworthy people about a terrifying global crisis, and comes to the realization that Global Warming is human initiated. To counter the negative effect that humans have on earth, new energy methods are invented by way of ethanol, electricity, and solar power, and a lack of oil no longer becomes an issue. In conclusion of this so called “scam”,  the public ends up believing that they have saved the world, oil suppliers rest easy knowing that their supply will last much longer than anticipated, and governments around the world no longer worry about having to provide mass quantities of a quickly diminishing resource.  The most brilliant act of spin in human history. Period.

But let’s be realistic here folks. In all likelihood our global leaders did not team up to spin an oil crisis into something much bigger for the sake of radical change.  If that many people were working so closely and productively together, our planet would be a far more peaceful place. In my opinion, John is using Global Warming as a way of spinning his inner hatred of Al Gore into something people will actually read. Take this quote from his article as an example:

“I do not oppose environmentalism. I do not oppose the political positions of either party. However, Global Warming, i.e. Climate Change, is not about environmentalism or politics. It is not a religion. It is not something you “believe in.” It is science; the science of meteorology. This is my field of life-long expertise. And I am telling you Global Warming is a non-event, a manufactured crisis and a total scam. I say this knowing you probably won’t believe me, a mere TV weatherman, challenging a Nobel Prize, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning former Vice President of United States. So be it.”

It’s almost as if Coleman is telling his readers that Al Gore himself is the sole creator (and thus fabricator) of Global Warming. His proof? Only a meteorologist like himself could know such things, and Al Gore is not a meteorologist. Is John making a valid point here, or is he just acting like a grown five year old jealous of Al Gore’s meteorological success? Considering the lack of proof John Coleman uses throughout his article to back himself up, I choose the latter. It merely sounds like whining to me. — Chris Thonis