Tyler, Texas, which has produced many yellow roses and U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, is also home to Neal Barton. Barton is the news director of KETK, the local NBC affiliate, who occasionally takes the liberty of delivering a bombastic on-air op-ed. Think Dale Hansen, minus the humor and self-awareness.
On Friday, he delivered a stemwinder of an op-ed in which he dismissed climate change as "laughable," "all bunk" and an "unsubstantiated hypothesis."
KETK, alas, does not allow "Neal Barton's POV" to be embedded. Best we can do is a similar rant from 2012 Think Progress posted to YouTube:
They do, however, provide a transcript of Friday's monologue. It's astounding:
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.
House of Commons Science and Technology committee publishing 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."
(h/t Forrest Wilder)