Do you get your climate science from your weatherman? If so, you might be the dupe of an ongoing anti-science campaign, played out by some of national television’s most recognizable TV weathercasters – more than half of whom are climate change deniers.
Forecast the Facts
, lead by 350.org
, the League of Conservation Voters
, and the new Citizen Engagement Lab
, is tracking anti-science ideologues – or ‘zombie weathermen’ – as part of a new campaign to expose ‘meteorologists blowing hot air.’ Forecast the Facts reveals many of these trusted weather reporters are little more than right-wing spokesmen, feeding the American public shoddy climate science denial.
As part of the campaign, Forecast asked the AMS
to beef up their climate change statement – a position statement up for review on February 1, 2012. America’s weather reporters rely on AMS
information more than any other source, including climate researchers, making the institution’s stance particularly relevant to the meteorological body at large. But the AMS
has so far put off updating their statement
According to a Forecast press release, circulated today, Forecast’s request for an undiluted statement on climate change has created significant upheaval within the AMS, causing some members of the drafting committee to threaten resignation.