When someone’s name has been followed for decades by the words “the Science Guy,” it’s a pretty safe bet that person takes science pretty darned seriously, which is definitely the case with Bill Nye.
Nye, who participated in Saturday’s March for Science, was invited to appear on CNN that day — which also happened to be Earth Day — and he spoke passionately about climate change.
However, CNN also brought in a climate change denier to provide an alternative viewpoint, but his outlandish claims during the segment led Nye to scold CNN for providing a platform to promote views about climate change that have been refuted by the vast majority of the scientific community.
William Happer, a Princeton physicist who is an outspoken climate change skeptic, told viewers that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are actually a good thing. “You can see the greening of the earth already, from the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” Happer declared.
Happer also dismissed those who do believe the overwhelming evidence about climate change as “alarmists,” stating that “the temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmists’ computer models predicted… So the whole basis for the alarmism is not true.”
At this point, Nye could no longer hold back. “That’s completely wrong,” Nye retorted. “Say what you will, but you have it absolutely wrong… He’s cherry-picking a certain model. The heat ended up in the ocean. This is not controversial in mainstream science, everybody.”
Noted Nye: “We’ve got an extraordinary situation here in the United States, where climate change deniers have managed to introduce the idea that some uncertainty — say plus or minus 2 per cent — about the temperature of the ocean is somehow equivalent to plus or minus 100 per cent. Now, everybody, science is political. We use politics to decide where to invest our intellect and treasure. But when it comes to climate change, that is not controversial in the scientific community, any more than the law of universal gravitation.”
Nye also used his screen time to slam CNN for giving Happer a platform to spout his views. “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,” he added.