Bill Nye the Science Guy Channels Darwin

Just kind of in the way that Darwin said stuff that was evidence-based and got on the wrong side of a lot of people. Bill Nye says that there are not two sides to the climate change debate…

Science educator Bill Nye on Monday told CNN that they weren’t doing the public any favors by giving climate change deniers equal airtime because “the two sides aren’t equal.”

“There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record. That’s just how it is.”

“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”

There’s a need for leadership here, and it’s not coming from the politicians. I guess it will have to come from the people, smart people welcome to join in.

Scary pix of receding glacial ice are here.

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3 responses

  1. Donald Wolberg | Reply

    Mr. Nye is one of those two inches deep and a mile wide folks pretending to be what he is not: versed in science or the topic about which he seems so glib. I am certain he is a nice guy, and just as certain he needs a new gig–his television life ended a long time ago. He is not a “science educator” and as I recall he only has an undergrduate degree in engineering and wanted to be a comedian. His television life was maining as a PBS personna that ran from 1993-1998. I suspect his science is as limited and his superficiality. The issues of climate and weather are complex and confused. The world is some 4,500 million years old, and climates have always changed. Indeed, continents and oceans have come and gone. To confuse issues and realities does no one any service. It is unfortunate that the media is unable to find more interesting and capable folks to discuss these issues. Science is not done by vote, by the way.

  2. I agree science is not done by vote but science on global climate change is pretty clear.
    Since the industrial revolution, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have risen from about 280 to 390 parts per million. So its no suprise we are starting to see some effects. Unfortunately, the environmental movement called the issue “global warming” which to most New Englanders, thinking of heating bills, sounds most welcome. It should have been called global climate destabilization, and true conservatives (in the sense of “prudent”), should oppose this crap-shoot with our atmosphere, and be the first to demand action. Instead, they, and almost the entire Republican party, have been captured by the fossil fuel industries which cares about nothing but their short-term greed. This is particualrly stupid, because unlike most right-wing policies that would primarily hurt the poor, working people, consumers, wildlife, and such, this time everyone is at risk.

    1. I honestly think a lot of them believe in The Rapture. That’s a philosophy that fits in well with short-term thinking.

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