So, apparently you can be, like, really enthusiastic about science – a real role model for kids – and still be a complete tool!
Bill Nye proved this point on Fox News today by blathering on at some length about how “tornadoes are almost certainly a consequence” of climate change because of “whatever it is that’s holding in all this heat and creating all this extra water vapor in the atmosphere.”
As NewsBusters’ Noel Sheppard reports,
“It is indeed telling that ‘The Science Guy’ didn’t once mention the impact of this year’s La Niña on tornado activity which most climatologists and meteorologists on both sides of the global warming debate agree is largely the culprit.”Then the non-Science Guy seemed to be completely stumped by a question about tornadoes in other countries, and unleashed this stream of blarney, including some completely unrelated linguistic fun:
“Well, there’s not that many other countries that have the configuration of North America to make tornadoes. And the word ‘hurricane,’ you know, is a word coined in the Caribbean, like, so this is a unique, unique area in that regard. We have the Gulf of Mexico. We have this access for cold air from Canada or from the Arctic. And these two things conspire to move the jet stream, and then that helps carry this extra water vapor across this part of the North America. So, it’s a unique place, and you don’t have this kind, you don’t have tornadoes in Norway, for example. It’s just set up different, the weather’s set up differently. Here in the U.S. it’s a serious problem.”Whew! Got all that? It’s a conspiracy between the Gulf of Mexico and Canadian cold air! I just KNEW those two were up to something. Plus, the weather’s set up differently here! And there’s no tornadoes in Norway. Except when there are! Like here, from 2009 along Norway’s southern coast…
Sheppard continues to demolish Nye with… wait for it… scientific facts:
“Tornadoes have been observed on every continent on this planet with the exception of Antarctica. A study of insurance records across the globe finds tornadoes causing significant losses in Europe, India, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. Although the United States typically has more tornadoes than any other country, as a function of land area, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom both actually have more. Also contrary to today’s conventional wisdom, Bangladesh is the nation with the most tornado-related deaths averaging 179 per year having also experienced the deadliest tornado in history on April 26, 1989, killing approximately 1300. That country has had at least 19 tornadoes that have killed more than 100 people, almost half the total of the rest of the world.”As Sheppard says, so much for “The Science Guy’s” odd claim that not many other countries are as good at “making tornadoes” as we are. Why Fox News had this guy on to talk tornadoes is a mystery to me, since he seems to be nothing more than Pee Wee Herman in a lab coat. Or more accurately, Pee Wee Herman with a political ax to grind, as can be seen quite clearly right here.