Skip to comments.Neil deGrasse Tyson slams GOP climate deniers: “I thought as a nation we were above this”
Posted on 03/24/2015 12:19:41 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Popular astrophysicist and anointed spokesperson for science Neil deGrasse Tyson is not impressed by the recent antics of Republican leaders, from Sen. Ted Cruzs directive that NASA stop focusing on Earth to Florida Gov. Rick Scotts reported ban on the term climate change.
I dont know if our country has any precedent for emergent scientific truths to be debated on political grounds, he said during a live appearance in Sarasota, Florida, referring to the aforementioned censorship. Im astonished by that. Astonished and disappointed. I thought as a nation we were above this.
Tyson, who is the director of the Hayden Planetarium and, as a side gig, host of the hit series Cosmos, also stood up for NASAs work studying climate change, which Cruz, as chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, is actively discouraging.
If youre going to ignore Earth and no one else is paying attention to Earth the way NASA is you could be planting the seeds of your own destruction, he argued, adding, Itd be different if most of [NASAs budget] was spent on Earth, but thats not the case.
Its easy to shake our heads at politicians who seem to be actively steering us toward destruction, but in whats sure to be his most inflammatory statement, Tyson maintained that the real people to blame are the ones who put climate deniers in office in the first place. I dont blame the politicians for a damn thing because we vote for the politicians, he told his audience. I blame the electorate.
With our understanding of the imminent threat of climate change arguably greater than its ever been before, theres reason to hope that the electorate might take that message to heart: taking a stance that directly opposes the scientific evidence on climate change could be becoming a political liability. Still, polling data shows that Americans have some catching up to do when it comes to understanding the dangers of global warming perhaps those living in Miami, California and other places already experiencing the impacts of our changing climate could lead the way for the rest of us.
All these heretics need to be burned at the stake, right Nelly?
Irony alert. Needle's off the scale.
Is he a real scientist?
Neil, ask Mike Mann about massaging data, and then think critically about why that isn’t science!
Nothing has changed in Miami. Nothing. These dolts are pointing to drought in California as if there has never been a drought before in history. What a bunch of fools. It's time to call them that.
I see one and half brains
and zero common-sense.
He’s a Carl Sagan Wannabe. Pure religion. Evolution = global warming = religion.
Who is this turd “popular” with anyway? I’ve never heard of the freeloading jack@$$.
Me too. Since November of 2008.
When articles purported to be about science appear in political media, it’s kind of a dead giveaway Salon...
He's a pitchman with a science degree - astrophysics.
I don't believe he has any scientific work to his credit, though.
Whatever happened to Global Warming?
Here’s the brain count from left to right: Half, zero and one.
But all around zero common sense.
Seriously: what observation would disprove the theory of man-made climate change?
If you can't design an experiment that might disprove it then it's not a scientific theory. It's just yelling.
You know, Neill,
an American, I thought we were above atheism and agnosticism
Neil deGrasse Tyson = Affirmative action astrophysicist
Milankovitch Cycles. Maunder Minimum. Medieval Warming Period. Growing grapes for wine in Roman-era England. Ice cores from Greenland. CO2 not as powerful of a greenhouse gas as WATER VAPOR. The hydrologic cycle as it relates to the aforementioned water vapor.
...all of which argue AGAINST Mr. Tyson. As a scientist, you would think he'e be required to KNOW THIS SH!T, eh?
...not much of a scientist, I must conclude.
Oh, and Salon...well, 'nuff said. It's a rag.
When the occasion arises, I casually mention something like
this: “I can’t believe people are still falling for the
Climate Change or Climate Disruption scam. I wonder what
kind of SUV’s they drive on the other planets whose
temperatures fluctuate, too. I refuse to be taken for a
fool by the greedy power and control freaks.”