CNN's Brian Stelter interviewed Weather Channel founder John Coleman this weekend to talk about ‘climate deniers’ and the sparks flew immediately. "I resent you calling me a denier" Coleman said out of the shoot, clearly irritated at Stelter’s introductory rant. Coleman challenged Stelter’s odd view that there are not ‘two sides’ to the climate change issue.
Watch the exchange below:
In his introduction to the interview, Stelter voiced his own belief in man made global warming and introduced Coleman as a climate change "denier". Coleman wasn't a fan of this introduction.
"I resent you calling me a denier, that is a word meant to put me down," Coleman said. "I'm a skeptic about climate change, not a denier."
He then railed on CNN for taking such a one-sided stand on the issue, especially one that has become more about political points than the science.
"CNN has taken a very strong position on global warming, [saying] that it is a consensus. Well there is no consensus in science. Science isn’t a vote. Science is about facts…[Man-made climate change] has been become a big political point of the Democratic Party and part of their platform, but the science is on my side," he said.
"And if you get down to the hard, cold facts, there’s no question about it: Climate change is not happening, there is no significant, man-made global warming now, there hasn’t been any in the past, and there’s no reason to expect any in the future. There’s a whole lot of baloney," he continued.
Coleman also chided the media and the left for creating the illusion of "sides" on this issue. Glenn pointed out that this is part of the progressive strategy, where if you have a different viewpoint on an topic you're automatically portrayed as a "hater", even when the dissenting viewpoint is much more nuanced. He brought up his own stance on gay marriage for comparison.
"That's what Progressives always do. There's no two sides to anything. There's no two side on the gay marriage issue. My side is government should not be involved. That's not even valid. We don't even talk about that. That's not a side. You are just a hater. My issue with climate change, climate is always changing. When you dig up the old SUV to show me what caused the ice age, you let me know," Glenn said.
"I think the most important thing he said was there's no consensus in science. Science is not a vote. It is not a vote. The consensus has been wrong on so many things in science," Glenn said. He then went through a number of times in history when people thought the science was settled - including the Earth being flat and cigarettes being perfectly safe.
Get Glenn's full reaction below: