I almost never watch CNN. In fact, I rarely watch any news programs including Fox. But on Friday my wife was undergoing eye surgery, and I was relegated to the waiting room where the only program on TV was CNN.
Bill Nye, best known for his TV series “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” was being interviewed about the cause of the Texas floods. Of course, he blamed it on climate change. No one doubts that there is climate change. It’s been going on since time began.
For Nye, it’s “man-made climate change” that’s the culprit. So what was it in 1935?
“In 1935, while Austin was receiving its deluge, San Antonio was hit even harder with 14.07 inches in May with 8.41 inches the next month. The stores around Alamo Plaza were flooded in late May and tiny D’Hanis, Texas, reported a hard-to-believe 20-24 inches of rain in just 2 Hours and 45 Minutes.
Early to mid-June rains approached 20 inches in many other smaller communities from Uvalde to Austin. The Llano, Colorado and Pedernales Rivers all reached flood stage, affecting the cities of Junction, Llano, and Fredericksburg. On June 14 and 15 the Colorado River was just 1 foot below the record reached in July of 1869.”
What makes floods like Texas is experiencing in 2015 more destructive is the result of massive growth in population and infrastructure.
But the most ridiculous part of Bill Nye’s interview was his claim that people who deny the science of “man-made global warming” (or climate change) are like the scientists who claimed that cigarette smoking was not a health hazard…
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