"Bill Nye, the Science Guy" made some outrageously offensive and ill-informed statements Wednesday night on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, going so far as to apply the word "unpatriotic" to those who don't share his faith in the Church of Climate Change. (Video clip available here. Warning: It's at HuffPo.)
Nye, who's primarily known as an entertainer and producer of children's television, was cast in the role of Official Representative of the Scientific Establishment during Ms. Maddow's segment on Climate Change. Maddow offered several clips of conservative commentators lampooning the notion of Global Warming, while D.C. digs out of the record-breaking Blizzard of Aught-Ten.
One snowstorm, sayeth the experts Maddow and Nye, does not disprove Climate Change. Well, duh. We skeptics don't have to disprove anything.
The recent blows to the integrity of the Climate Change community, all of which are self-inflicted, may be enough to bring down their House of Cards without much outside help.
We're not trying disprove anything, Mr. Science Guy. Your guys are squirming. And we're enjoying it.
Here are some of Nye's howlers (complete transcript here):
If you want to get serious about it, these guys claiming that the snow in Washington disproves climate change are almost unpatriotic. It‘s really ... they‘re denying science.
[Asked to distinguish between climate and weather]: Well, one‘s a small-scale phenomenon, happens day to day. The other‘s a big phenomenon. We all know this. We all feel it in our—in our hearts.
The main thing is: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change got a Nobel Prize. They got a scientific prize for making a discovery. They didn‘t get a minor award. This is a big deal. They discovered climate change through all kinds of evidence, and it‘s something we should all be very, very concerned about.
This thing of denying science—you know, science has done so much to make this country what it is, a technological leader. It‘s improved the quality of life for so many people, here and around the world. To deny what scientists or scientific evidence is showing, is inappropriate. And as I said earlier, to me, when I get wound up, it‘s unpatriotic.
Emphasis added throughout.
- For a Science Guy, you're doing an awful lot of feeling there, and not a whole lot of thinking. Just sayin'.
- Unpatriotic? The patriotism of Jane Fonda, Bill Ayers, Danny Glover and Rosie O'Donnell is unquestionable, but Climate Change skeptics are unpatriotic? Please.
- The IPCC, along with Al Gore, won the Nobel Peace Prize, not a scientific Nobel. Other noted Peace Prize recipients: Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Yassir Arafat...
- The IPCC is a political, not a scientific, body. They do no research and they claim no "discoveries". They certainly didn't "discover" climate change, unless you count how they harnessed its power as a political bludgeon.
- Science has improved our lives in many ways. One way is education. That means that quite a few of us have critical thinking skills, and can appreciate the abuse of science on display in the Climate Change community.
So what makes this guy a science expert? Here's the CV for Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
- BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell, 1977
- Registered Engineer since 1983 (WA)
- 3 honorary PhDs
- 3 Patents (ballet toe shoe, digital abacus, educational lens)
- Several Emmys
- Host and Writer, “Stuff Happens,” television series covering the consequences of human activities on the environment, for Discovery's Planet Green network
This last bullet is included only because it is the only item in an extensive CV which relates to climate science.
Oddly, your humble correspondent has a similar background, absent the kids' TV, the toe shoes and the honorary degrees:
- BS in Petroleum Engineering, Oklahoma, 1978
- Registered Engineer since 1982 (OK)
The key difference between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Vladimir the Energy Whore may be that Vladimir knows bulls**t when he smells it.
Cross-posted at VladEnBlog
P.S. Check the comments at the Science Guy's website...