Days after Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman told Fox News that global warming is a myth, the cable network has clarified its stance on the matter.
“The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 - 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century,” the statement reads, adding that climate scientists “nearly unanimously” agree that “the majority of the warming” over the last hundred years has been the “result of human activities.”
Though the Weather Channel did not mention Coleman, who co-founded the media outlet in the early 1980s, or his recent comments in the statement, the timing of its release seems telling.
On Monday, Coleman made headlines after telling Fox News' Megyn Kelly about his views on global warming, saying that he feels persecuted as a climate denier.
"Thank you for having me on your program," Coleman said. "A climate skeptic can rarely get on TV ever since Al Gore made it a plank of the Democratic Party ... it's a tough go for people who don't believe in climate change."
This is not the first time Coleman has shared his views on the subject. In 2007, Coleman wrote in a blog post that global warming is a “non-event, a manufactured crisis and a total scam.”
“[I've] read dozens of the scientific papers. I have talked with numerous scientists. I have studied. I have thought about it. I know I am correct," Coleman wrote at the time.
Earlier this month, Coleman penned an open letter criticizing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, insisting that “there is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.”