Bill Nye the 'Fake Science' Guy Gets Schooled by Meteorologist on Hurricane Irma and Climate Change
Last week, media personality Bill Nye "the science guy" waded into meteorology, claiming that man-made climate change is directly responsible for the strength of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
"It's the strength [of these hurricanes] that's almost certainly associated with global warming," Nye told Dan Rather in a radio interview. "Global warming and climate change are the same thing. As the world gets warmer and there's more heat energy in the atmosphere you expect storms to get stronger."
Nye doubled down on this statement. "The more heat energy in the atmosphere strengthens the storms, Dan," he said. "We are all gonna pay for Harvey, we're all gonna pay for Irma, one way or another."
Ph.D. meteorologist Ryan Maue noted this statement, adding a thinking emoji.
Maue destroyed Nye's claims with one damning sentence: "Bill Nye confuses the oceans with the atmosphere. #FakeScience"
The meteorologist noted that "hurricanes form over the ocean."
On Sunday, Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur reported that President Donald Trump was asked whether climate change caused the hurricanes, and he had no answer.
Maue himself addressed Kapur, declaring, "The answer is no. Hurricanes are not a result of climate change. Next question, Sahil."
He further added, "If you believe climate change causes hurricanes, then you're an idiot."
Maue admitted that warmer oceans provide more energy, making the hurricanes stronger. But he also cited a statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) discussing the purported link between hurricanes and climate change.
"In less than 5-minutes, you can read NOAA's updated thinking on global warming in hurricanes & impress your friends," Maue tweeted.
So what did NOAA conclude? "It is premature to conclude that human activities — and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming — have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity," the organization reported.