Bill Nye’s Facebook page lit up with comments today after outspoken climate change denier Marc Morano declined to accept a $20,000 bet proposed by the science guy. In short, Nye wanted to bet that 2016 would go down as one of the ten hottest years on record and that this would be the hottest decade so far.
In case you have not heard of Morano already, he is the chairperson of Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), a conservative thinktank responsible for a good deal of the climate change denial you have likely encountered. He was heavily immersed in the debates surrounding Climategate, he used to work for Senator James Inhofe (yes, the guy with the snowball), and Sarah Palin has endorsed his latest climate change denial documentary. It was during the filming of this same documentary that Morano interviewed Nye, who took the opportunity to propose his bet.
Regardless, Morano chose not to accept, claiming that the data was all going to be changed anyway. Once the word got out to the denier braintrust, they promptly bombarded Nye’s Facebook with ‘arguments’ that have by now become painfully familiar, with one user offering this:
‘Riiiiight, despite NASA confirming that fossil fuels are actually cooling the planet’s temperature, and that there’s more ice than in the last century in the polar caps. And the fact that the so-called rises of the sea levels have not materialized, and that any real scientist doesn’t back up man-made climate change at all, since it’s a cycle that has existed even before we did. Yep, solid science, leftards.’
NASA Climate Change was not about to let this go and chimed in in defense of Nye, NASA itself, and really everyone currently alive on the planet, saying:
‘Do not misrepresent NASA. Fossil fuels are not cooling the planet.’
Naturally, the exchange did not stop there and NASA Climate Change patiently addressed these common complaints against actual hard facts with helpful, no-nonsense explanations:
‘There is far too much focus on surface temperatures. They are but one measure of warming. All other measures (sea level, loss of ice sheets and glaciers, lake warming, etc.) continue unabated.’
Not that Bill Nye really needs anyone’s help defending the actual science behind climate change, but still, it is nice to see NASA jumping into the fray. Here is Nye himself explaining how it all works.
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