Bill Nye "The Science Guy," our own twenty-first-century Mr. Wizard whose powers of mentation seem to be connected to his trusty bow tie, returned to the man-caused-climate-change-denying Fox network on Monday, after previously explaining to Happening Now host Jon Scott that no, of course volcanoes on the moon aren't connected to the burning of fossil fuels.
This time, Nye joined Fox Business personality Charles Payne on Freedom Watch to discuss whether Hurricane Irene is "proof" of global warming. Nye thought that word a little strong, and said "evidence" or "result of," sure. As a scientist not used to blindly, stubbornly arguing a position simply on ideological grounds, he explained that "many months" of sophisticated computer modeling would be required to arrive at a more definitive climate picture.
Whether or not wild weather is "the new normal," as a new Newsweek cover story has it, "there's a lot more science behind it than saying it's not," as Nye put it. The Pacific Ocean getting warmer is not a fairy tale, but it might as well be for Payne, whose knowledge of climate change apparently amounts to someone having told him that the world is one degree warmer in the last hundred years.
Then Payne trotted out clips of Al Gore (shocker!) talking about having to "win the conversation" against global-warming skeptics, as rational people have, for the most part, won the conversation against racism. Payne, as a loyal Fox soldier, was predictably trying to obfuscate the issue and make it seem as though Gore was trying to paint climate-change skeptics as racists, which was clearly not the case.
Nye ignored the bizarre, implied race baiting (which should have nothing to do with climate change), explaining in a humorous, roundabout way, encompassing tribal isolationism and dachshund-pitbull sex, why climate change should be acknowledged, making another Fox host look silly in the process. Payne, ironically, said Nye was "confusing the viewers," which is what I thought Payne was doing. Perhaps it's not the best idea for Fox to keep inviting back objective scientists who might refute their propaganda.