Although the American Meteorological Association is split on global warming, only 19% believe that human influences are the sole driver of climate change as reported in a 2011 survey. Compare the 19% with 82% who say that while the climate is changing, many claim that it is due to natural causes, or human and natural causes combined. Many meteorologists who broadcast the weather conditions on TV avoid using the term global warming in their telecasts and are therefore reported to be the source of skepticism towards it by the public. Additionally, there are a vocal minority, such as John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, who claim that “global warming is the greatest scam in history,” and continue to perpetuate this claim while blogging to the public. Bob Breck, a weatherman at Fox Channel 8 in New Orleans, claims that the minority voice has been largely ignored because it has been dominated by people with PhDs and who are in academia versus the operational meteorologists in which he considers himself to be. Beck states, “I believe in global warming cycles and we have been in a warming cycle. What I don’t believe is that the driver of this current warming is carbon dioxide.”
It is reported by Deborah Zabarenko that,
“most weathermen and women have degrees in meteorology—the study of how Earth’s atmosphere behaves in the short term—but few have studied climate science, which examines the wider system where weather occurs, [unlike climate scientists of which] 95% are convinced that climate change is occurring and that human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels are a key driver.”
Given that meteorologists have studied climate change in the short term and haven’t studied it in accordance to the rigors of climate science, the members of the American Meteorological Society are not qualified to make long term assessments on climate change. It is therefore difficult to accept Breck’s claim that carbon dioxide is not a significant driver to climate change contrary to what has been asserted by climate change scientists as well as the mounting evidence that they have provided that carbon dioxide, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, is a key driver and something that we are best advised not to ignore.
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