Hearty applause dies down in the hotel ballroom, and the Rotary members swarm John Coleman, the KUSI weatherman. Camera phones come out. A man in a blazer: "John, you're my hero." Another: "Thanks for the good news." A flash pops.
They surround him. Businessmen and women dressed formally: Suits, ties, matching outfits. They fall asleep at night listening to him. They love him, that animation, that deep baritone, that honesty.
Global warming, he's just finished telling them, is a scam, a hoax, all frenzy and no fact. And they couldn't be happier. "That was a great presentation," one says.
Coleman is a climate change skeptic, and many television meteorologists agree with him. Only a few, though, have taken such a vocal stand. Coleman has hosted two television specials, given hundreds of speeches and traveled across the country.
"The Earth is not in crisis," Coleman tells the Rotary, and adds emphasis: "The. Climate. Is. Just. Fine."
Al Gore, he says, has warned that millions will die, that disease will sweep the nation, "and all because of fossil fuels." Juxtaposed against a PowerPoint slide showing Homer Simpson screaming, Coleman slips into a mocking falsetto: "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"
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