Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ appeared Wednesday on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and leveled some serious accusations against global warming skeptics. Nye said that not adhering to a belief in anthropomorphic global warming constitutes unpatriotic behavior and also that skepticism of global warming claims is equivalent to “denying science.” In the beginning of the interview Nye said that skepticism of global warming was “almost unpatriotic” and at the end he said he found skeptical behavior “inappropriate” and reiterated that his intellectual opponents are not sufficiently American. Host Rachel Maddow seemingly agreed with Nye, indicating that she shared his feelings on the matter.
Nye, who is not a climate scientist, in part supported his claim that global warming science is settled by citing the Nobel Peace Prize the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won for its work: “They got a scientific prize for making a discovery… this is a big deal, they discovered climate change through all sorts of evidence.” However, that statement is inaccurate because the Peace Prize, which the IPCC shared with Al Gore, is not a scientific award.
Nye, who hosted a popular science television show in the 1990s, also said that he felt from his experience that global warming denial could be attributed to generational factors, like his personal observations that “older people have a much harder time grasping” how billions of people could affect the atmosphere.
Bill Nye Claims Belief in Global Warming Necessary for Patriotism