When it comes to climate change, progressives believe in climate — which is, of course, the overall summary of the weather of a region, period, or place. Simply put, climate is the bigger-picture view of our day-t0-day weather. Meanwhile, many conservatives tend to believe that weather and climate are the same thing, often ignorantly claiming that snow or freak blizzards “prove” the planet isn’t warming.
In my opinion, this issue proves one of the biggest differences between the two sides. Progressives believe in science, typically seeing the bigger picture on key issues. Whereas conservatives tend to lack the ability to see outside of their own bubble, many times denying science to believe whatever the heck some non-scientist tells them is “true.”
For instance, an exchange that happened on Saturday between Bill Nye and William Happer, someone who’s advised Donald Trump on environmental issues.
After Happer pushed the idea that carbon dioxide being a pollutant is a myth, Nye tore into his overall ignorance of the science behind climate change.
“What he claims to not understand is the rate. It’s the speed at which we’re adding carbon dioxide,” Nye said.
And that’s the whole point of this “debate.” It’s not about carbon dioxide, itself, it’s about the rate at which humans are expelling it into our atmosphere. But this is what these science-denying fools do — they misrepresent the issue that’s at the heart of all of this.
Happer then continued to misrepresent the data behind climate change by effectively saying that the science is all wrong because the temperature hasn’t risen as fast as some computer estimates predicted it would.
“That’s completely wrong,” Nye replied. “He’s cherry picking a certain model. The heat ended up in the ocean. This is not controversial in mainstream science.”
Happer isn’t denying that the planet’s temperatures are rising, his “argument” is basically that because they’re not rising as quickly as some computer models predicted they would, that means all the science behind climate change is wrong — which is ridiculous.
This is what Republicans do all of the time. You see it with health care constantly. They’ll cherry pick a few horror stories from countries with universal health care to claim that these examples prove how terrible it is for people, while ignoring the fact that in those countries, not only is universal health care extremely popular, the people living in these nations are living longer lives on average than Americans. Because they can’t really provide sound, credible evidence to support their “side of a debate,” they spend most of their time trying to discredit the facts they don’t want people to believe.
Nye then shifted the argument toward pushing the United States to be a leader in technology by creating millions of jobs building green energy alternatives such as wind turbines and advanced concentrated energy plants.
“We could be world leaders in this instead of wringing our hands and cherry picking data and pretending that this problem that’s obvious to the scientific community but it is somehow not obvious to you,” Nye said.
Happer then compared the 2016 Paris Agreement to Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler, claiming, just like that appeasement of Hitler, it’s not going to have any impact.
Once again, in true conservative fashion, he claimed that because the 2016 Paris Agreement won’t completely solve all of the issues related to human-made climate change, it’s worthless and won’t do any good. Even though nobody’s claiming it’s going to solve all of our problems, but it’s a good first step toward taking other bigger steps which are needed to save this planet from those who seem determined to destroy it.
If you have a few minutes, I’d encourage everyone to check out the video below. If for nothing else, to see Bill Nye totally disgusted by the ignorance of William Happer and to get a good idea of the idiots Donald Trump’s listening to when it comes to the environment: