He Blinded Me With Science

Bill Nye the Science Guy says that if you don’t buy global warming, you’re unpatriotic, and you’re denying science. NewsBusters has and extensive commentary, including the video.

“[T]here’s more energy in the atmosphere and this is stirring things up,” Nye said. “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. So they’re very happy to have the weather forecast be accurate within a few hours, but they’re displeased or un-enchanted by predictions of the world getting warmer. It’s really, it shakes me up.”

First off, not many people that I have seen are claiming that one snowstorm disproves global warming. The overall weather trend, however, seems to indicate that the planet is not heating up anymore. But one storm does not disprove a trend. It doesn’t prove it, either, which Nye seems to be asserting. In the video he doesn’t seem to mind implying that this snowstorm, a lack of snow in Vancouver, and mudslides in California are all proof positive of global warming, but in the same breath claims that one storm can’t disprove it. That’s a pretty hefty burden of proof there, Mr. Science Guy, and sounds more religious than scientific to me, as science requires falsifiability.

I’m also interested in his comment on weather forecasting. He lauds the ability to predict the weather three days in advance. Anyone who’s studies meteorology, or even watched the evening news weather forecast, knows how problematic this is. Just last week the Weather Channel predicted 1-2 inches of snow in northeast Kansas, and we got 6-8. Now multiply that margin of error across hundred of years and the entire planet. You expect me to believe that such computer models can be accurate? Perhaps Nye should study some chaos theory.

I’m sorry that Bill Nye thinks that questioning a scientific result that is, well, questionable, is unpatriotic. I think that this pretty well illustrates that global warming is much more about politics than science. Still, I have to admit that I would pay good money to see Bill Nye sing Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science.”


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