Bill Nye, the so-called “science guy,” is known for his 1990s kid’s show, but is now an outspoken advocate of “climate change.” While appearing on CNN, he accused them of doing a “disservice” by having a real scientist challenge climate change.
Nye appeared in a CNN panel discussion with William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University. The discussion became heated after Happer said the climate change trend Nye talks about was a “myth.”
“There’s this myth that’s developed around carbon dioxide that it’s a pollutant, but you and I both exhale carbon dioxide with every breath. Each of us emits about two pounds of carbon dioxide a day, so are we polluting the planet?” Happer, who has advised President Donald Trump on climate issues, said.
“Carbon dioxide is a perfectly natural gas, it’s just like water vapor, it’s something that plants love. They grow better with more carbon dioxide, and you can see the greening of the earth already from the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” he explained.
Nye hit back and said Happer didn’t understand the “rate,” or speed at which carbon dioxide is entering the atmosphere. Then he ripped CNN for not having only climate change proponents on their network.
“And I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” Nye said.
Happer, who is a real scientist, asked Nye why he thought he was a skeptic. Happer went on to explain that climate change alarmism is built on a dishonest premise.
A science denier?
I don’t understand why someone being skeptical about a science theory is considered a science denier. Scientists by nature have always been skeptics. The left likes to shut down debate, and this is just another example of the left taking science and turning it political; essentially shutting down debate. I say if you shut down debate on science questions aren’t you then shutting down science?
Happer went on to say the following to Nye:
“Let me point out that science is not like passing a law,” he said. “You don’t have a vote to say how many are for the law of gravity and how many are against — it’s based on observations. And if you observe what’s happening to, for example, the temperature, the temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmist computer models predicted. It’s much, much less — factors of two or three less. So the whole basis for the alarmism is not true, it’s based on flawed computer modeling.”
I can’t stress this more: Bill Nye is not a scientist. However, that didn’t stop him from immediately shooting back at Happer. Nye said the following:
“That’s completely wrong,” Nye said. “He’s cherry picking a certain model. The heat ended up in the ocean. This is not controversial in mainstream science, everybody.”
Climate Change Alternative ‘Facts’
Nye added that he “encourages” everyone to look at the facts. For years, climate change alarmists said the polar ice caps would melt completely by the mid-2010s. This would cause the sea levels to rise by meters, which would then put low-lying coastal areas across the world underwater. Well, not so fast Nye. None of these things ever happened. In fact, ocean waters have not warmed on an overall average basis, despite claims made by people like Nye and former Vice President Al Gore.
Not only that, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) whistleblower recently said the agency has for years manipulated climate data for political reasons. Remember, NOAA is the government agency that monitors the environment. Now we now NOAA said climate change was happening when it really wasn’t.
Despite the facts, Nye still wasn’t having it. He just spouted his talking points and lectured the real scientist Happer for being a “climate change denier.”
I encourage you to cut this out so we can move forward and make the United States a world leader in technology. We want advanced wind turbines…advanced concentrated energy plants. If we were to do that, we would have at least 3 million new jobs in the United States that could not be outsourced. We would not need to have our military on the other of the world defending what people call “our oil.” We could move forward and we could export this technology. We could be world leaders in this instead of wringing our hands and cherry picking data and pretending that this problem that’s obvious to the scientific community but it is somehow not obvious to you.
William Happer, the real scientist
Later in the interview, Happer said the Trump administration should back out of the 2016 Paris Agreement, something may conservatives also advocate. The Paris Agreement is a global agreement made last year by President Obama on greenhouse gas emissions. Happer compared the agreement to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasements of Germany dictator Adolf Hitler in 1938, known as the Munich Agreement.
That agreement allowed Hitler to take over territory in Czechoslovakia then known as the “Sudetenland.” Hitler said he wanted the territory, because it was occupied mainly by Germans and Austrians. We now know, however, that it was just one more step in Hitler’s plan to begin conquering Europe.
The comparison Happer made stunned Nye and the CNN hosts, who demanded that Happer explain his comparison.
“It is an appropriate comparison because it was a treaty that was not going to do any good,” Happer explained. “This treaty also will not do any good. Anyone who looks at the results of doing what the treaty says can see that the effect on the earth’s climate is — even if you take the alarmist computer models trivial — it will not make any difference and yet it will cause enormous harm to many people.”
The contentious exchange came on Earth Day 2017, of course. The same day people across the world were marching “for science.” Ironic for “Bill Nye the Science Guy” to have been marching for science while denying a real scientist, who told the truth about global warming, aka climate change.
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