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Tony Pann and Mike Masco

We like Tony Pann. Last year, we named him “Best Weatherman” for the steady, calm way in which he advises whether or not we should bring an umbrella to work. But apparently this umbrella-related knowledge has gone to the WBAL-TV meteorologist’s head, as it has with ABC2’s Mike Masco. Both weathermen took to Facebook last December to air their skepticism about human-caused global warming, which ragtag groups like NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say is real. Even the American Meteorological Society (AMS), of which Pann claims to be a member on the WBAL website, says “Warming of the climate system now is unequivocal” and that the “dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced.” But Pann, who has a BS in meteorology, says it’s a conspiracy. “If you are making a living on government grants to research global warming, and have been for 20 years, you don’t want that money to dry up!,” he said on his Facebook page. “I hate to say it, but you just have to follow the money.” Masco, who has a BA in communications and a certificate in “Broadcast Meteorology,” joined the debate, calling global warming “the biggest scam in modern time,” and insisting “I don’t drink the liberal coolaid [sic].” Going forward, we’ll just take our chances with the umbrella thing.

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