The good thing about Bill Nye debating these right wing demagogues is that people get to see how completely deranged and disconnected from reality they are. In this clip from Meet the Press, Tennessee GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn is our case in point, as she actually insists increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a good thing. Nearly everything Blackburn says here is a lie or a distortion, including her false claim that there’s no scientific consensus humans are causing climate change.
Marsha Blackburn is the face of the Republican Party’s anti-science, willfully ignorant, smug denialism. These truly horrible people are playing stupid games with the future of the human race.
I’ve uploaded a piece about this on my Potholer54 Facebook page. Basically, I think it’s a mistake to share a public platform like this with Creationists. Unless they can be questioned directly, it is simply a forum to make equal speeches in equal time. And that gives Creationism legitimacy. You have to be very familiar with Creationist arguments to be able to anticipate and ambush them.
Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society Bill Nye.
Glenn Beck continues his headlong plunge into religious right extremism, attacking Bill Nye for his statement opposing the teaching of creationism to kids. And yes, he actually compared Bill Nye’s promotion of sound science to the Roman Catholic Inquisition against Galileo.
You can’t force things onto people. And that’s what I mean when I say Governor Cuomo is going to be on the wrong side of history. Because he’s among the increasing number of voices who want to segregate an entire group of people. He wants to eradicate a certain kind of thought. And that doesn’t work. And unfortunately his children or grandchildren will figure that one out, far too late, after his death most likely, that he was on the wrong side.
And you know what, he’s not alone though, I mean those people who are forcing Common Core into schools, I mean, think of Arnie Duncan in 30 years when his grandchildren say, “Did you really say, that the only people who were against Common Core were white suburban moms? Really?”
Or Bill Nye the Science Guy, who said teaching creationism is just dangerous and not appropriate for children!
BILL NYE: And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.
How’s he going to look? Is he going to look like the people who threw Galileo up?
How people like Beck can say this batshit insane stuff with a straight face is beyond me. There’s something deeply wrong with this man.
In yet more evidence why CNN’s attempt to become a second Fox “News” has landed it third among 24-hour cable news outlets, Piers Morgan hosted a “debate” between Bill Nye The Science Guy and a guy named Marc Morano, a longtime climate change denier…who just happens to be a paid oil industry hack.
The latter, of course, was not disclosed.
Offering two “viewpoints” about temperature data and suggesting that scientific facts are up for “debate” is misleading in and of itself. During the segment, Morano claimed that we “have gone 16 years without global warming according to UN data.” Nye pushed back, saying “This will be the hottest two decades in history, in recorded history. So when you throw around a statement like the UN says it’s not the hottest 20 years, I got to disagree with you.” But the audience was left unaware that Morano was highlighting a short time period to obscure the overall warming trend, as illustrated by this chart from Skeptical Science:
It’s not surprising that Morano seized the opportunity to spread confusion about climate change. His website is sponsored by the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, an organization that has received funding from oil companies. As New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin explained, “industry-funded groups have used the media’s tradition of quoting people with competing views to convey a state of confusion even as consensus on warming has built.” Morano has promoted extreme attacks on climate scientists and those that accept global warming. His website often publishes the email addresses of scientists, leading to a barrage of hate mail, and he defended a billboard campaign comparing those who accept climate science to the Unabomber, saying it was “edgy.”
Money quote from Nye, “We just don’t agree on facts. So we aren’t getting anywhere.”
H/T - Media Matters
Fox News seems to have decided to make an effort to appear “fair and balanced” on the subject of climate change; lately they’ve been bringing Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) out to argue in favor of reality (while the hosts laugh at him and ask idiotic questions).
Charles Payne really sums up the Fox News position at the end of this clip, when he says Nye is “confusing our viewers.” Of course it’s confusing when Bill Nye tells the Fox audience that climate science isn’t a huge hoax, because Fox spends the other 23 hours of every day telling them it is.