Bill Nye isn’t a scientist, but he plays one on TV.
He was mad that CNN had the audacity to pair him up with an actual scientist. William Happer is an atomic physicist and professor at Princeton University.
Ordinarily, I’m sure Bill Nye would love to engage in a conversation with such a credentialed scientist, considering that Bill Nye is all about the science. But this is a different situation. William Happer doesn’t buy into the manmade global warming alarmism that’s captured the hearts and minds of many politicians and TV personalities like Bill Nye.
Nye was visibly agitated and even scolded CNN for daring to invite a ‘climate change skeptic’ to debate something that everyone knows is ‘settled science.’
“And I will say, much as I love the CNN,” Nye chastised, “you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change.”
Nye was only mad, because he knew he was totally out of his element.
It was interesting seeing the 77-year-old physicist simply answer the hosts’ questions calmly with brief, concise statements without trying to get into a back-and-forth exchange with Nye or the other guest. He didn’t take their bait. That must be hard to do, especially for someone like Happer, who obviously knows a lot more than anyone else he was interacting with on CNN’s ‘New Day.’
Part of what irritated Nye was Happer’s answer on carbon dioxide. Here’s what the real scientist said:
“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? 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.”
Nye responded: “What he claims to not understand is the rate. It’s the speed at which we’re adding carbon dioxide.”
And that’s pretty much all he said in response to Happer’s comments on carbon dioxide before he went into his rebuke directed to CNN about how they invited this guy on – this one ‘climate change skeptic’ – when they should have invited ’97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change.’ In other words, dissent needs to be stifled, and shame on CNN for opening the door to other opinions, especially opinions from people who are real scientists. It might give viewers the wrong idea.
But Nye wasn’t alone. It was Bill Nye and May Boeve, the executive director for 350.org, an environmental group. Neither are scientists, and both are professional activists fighting for the cause of manmade global warming alarmism.
It’s not the environment they’re actually concerned about. They want the fossil fuel industry to be bankrupted and outlawed and the green industry to be given a government-subsidized monopoly over the energy market. If that means impoverishing hundreds of millions of people, then so be it.
So, it was those two against one real scientist.
Happer really got under their nerves when he was asked about the Paris Climate Agreement. He compared the treaty to the policy of appeasement, made famous by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in relation to Adolf Hitler. Nazi and Hitler references are a big no-no. Unless you’re a Democrat.
“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.” He added, “It will not make any difference and yet it will cause enormous harm to many people.”
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