Bill Nye, well known for his 1990’s science kid’s show and someone that went on to become an outspoken advocate on “climate change,” accused CNN of a “disservice” to its audience on Saturday, by having a real scientist on their network to discuss climate change.
The CNN “New Day Saturday” panel, which featured Nye and William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University, become very heated after Happer claimed that the climate change that Nye talks about is in fact a “myth.”
Happer, who has previously advised President Donald Trump on climate issues, 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, and 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,” he explained.
Nye struck back by saying that Happer did not quite understand the “rate,” or speed at which carbon dioxide is entering the atmosphere. He then went on and accused CNN for not having enough climate change alarmists on their network.
“And I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” Nye said.
Upon being asked as to whether he is skeptic, Happer explained that climate change alarmism is built on a dishonest foundation.
“Let me point out that science is not like passing a law,” he said. “You don’t have a vote to say how many are for the law of gravity and how many are against — it’s based on observations. And if you observe what’s happening to, for example, the temperature, the temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmist computer models predicted. It’s much, much less — factors of two or three less. So the whole basis for the alarmism is not true, it’s based on flawed computer modeling.”
Nye, who on the other hand is not a real scientist responded to Happer stating, “That’s completely wrong,” & that “He’s cherry picking a certain model. The heat ended up in the ocean. This is not controversial in mainstream science, everybody.”
Proceeding with the interview, Happer said that the Trump administration should pull out of the 2016 Paris Agreement, a global agreement made last year on greenhouse gas emissions. Happer went on and compared the agreement to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasements of Germany dictator Adolf Hitler in 1938, known as the Munich Agreement.
“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 — it will not make any difference and yet it will cause enormous harm to many people.”
This heated exchange came on “Earth Day 2017,” the very same day that people all across the world were marching in support of science.