KETK anchor and news director Neal Barton wants you to know he thinks global warming is all hooey.
Barton gives his opinion on-air in a feature he calls, “Neal Barton’s POV.” In his Friday POV he attacked global warming by quoting a former NASA scientist Les Woodcock who thinks climate change is a scam used by big business to make money. KETK won’t allow embedding, so you’ll have to click here to watch the video.
Barton told viewers of the Tyler, TX, NBC affiliate “You won’t hear this in the mainstream media.” But Barton’s opinions seem to have come directly from an article about Woodcock in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
He left out one part, though. The article also said of Woodcock, “In spite of the seemingly overwhelming tide of scientific opinion on the matter, there are still some who steadfastly refuse to jump on the ‘global warming’ bandwagon.”
Barton has also taken to twitter to defend himself against a detractor.
.@KETK_NealBarton ah yes, those evil money-grabbing scientists, set against those bastions of virtue, petrochemical companies. Common sense?
— Michael Merrifield (@ProfMike_M) April 8, 2014
Here’s Barton’s POV in text form:
Recently, a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its first report in seven years on the now widely accepted phenomenon known as “climate change.”
But, one teacher says it’s all bunk and you won’t hear this on the mainstream media. So I’m glad to serve equal time.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published a report, damning the media for confusing ‘fact’ with opinion and pushing the message that, in terms of freak weather, ‘the worst is yet to come.’
Yeah, sure it is.
Emeritus Professor Les Woodcock goes against the grain and when a reporter asks the former NASA scientist about “climate change” and “global warming,” he laughs.
He says the term “climate change” is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of “man-made climate change” is an unsubstantiated hypothesis [about] our climate [which says it] has been adversely affected by the burning of fossil fuels in the last 100 years, causing the average temperature on the Earth’s surface to increase very slightly, but with disastrous environmental consequences..
He says “there is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years.”
“The reason records seem to be being frequently broken is simply because we only started keeping them about 100 years ago. There will always be some record broken somewhere when we have another natural fluctuation in weather.”
But surely most of the world’s leaders, scientific community and people in general can’t be wrong can they?
Prof. Woodcock hits back: “This is not the way science works. If you tell me that you have a theory there is a teapot in orbit between the Earth and the moon, it’s not up to me to prove it does not exist, Its up to you to provide the reproducible scientific evidence for your theory.”
That’s my point of view, what’s yours?