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Neil deGrasse Tyson slams GOP climate deniers: “I thought as a nation we were above this”
Salon ^ | March 24, 2015 | Lindsay Abrams

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 Cruz’s directive that NASA stop focusing on Earth to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s reported ban on the term “climate change.”

“I don’t 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. “I’m 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 NASA’s work studying climate change, which Cruz, as chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, is actively discouraging.

“If you’re 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, “It’d be different if most of [NASA’s budget] was spent on Earth, but that’s not the case.”

It’s easy to shake our heads at politicians who seem to be actively steering us toward destruction, but in what’s 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 don’t 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 it’s ever been before, there’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: climatechange; cosmos; crackpot; epa; globalwarming; green; neildegrassetyson; sagandisciple; scam
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1 posted on 03/24/2015 12:19:41 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

All these heretics need to be burned at the stake, right Nelly?


2 posted on 03/24/2015 12:20:55 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If obama speaks and th<uere is no one there to hear it, is it still a lie?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“I don’t know if our country has any precedent for emergent scientific truths to be debated on political grounds,” he said...

Irony alert. Needle's off the scale.

3 posted on 03/24/2015 12:20:57 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is he a real scientist?


4 posted on 03/24/2015 12:22:21 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This guy is the science equivalent of Barack Obama.
5 posted on 03/24/2015 12:22:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Neil, ask Mike Mann about massaging data, and then think critically about why that isn’t science!


6 posted on 03/24/2015 12:22:31 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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..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.

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.

7 posted on 03/24/2015 12:22:53 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I see one and half brains

and zero common-sense.

8 posted on 03/24/2015 12:23:20 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He’s a Carl Sagan Wannabe. Pure religion. Evolution = global warming = religion.


9 posted on 03/24/2015 12:23:33 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who is this turd “popular” with anyway? I’ve never heard of the freeloading jack@$$.


10 posted on 03/24/2015 12:23:58 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("I want to be America's first, historical, male first lady." - Slick Willie)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
he told his audience. “I blame the electorate.”

Me too. Since November of 2008.

11 posted on 03/24/2015 12:24:18 PM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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When articles purported to be about science appear in political media, it’s kind of a dead giveaway Salon...


12 posted on 03/24/2015 12:24:21 PM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: GeronL
Is he a real scientist?

He's a pitchman with a science degree - astrophysics.

I don't believe he has any scientific work to his credit, though.

13 posted on 03/24/2015 12:24:25 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Whatever happened to Global Warming?


14 posted on 03/24/2015 12:24:27 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you are not part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: fishtank

Here’s the brain count from left to right: Half, zero and one.

But all around zero common sense.


15 posted on 03/24/2015 12:24:29 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
What's scientific about 'climate change'?

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.

16 posted on 03/24/2015 12:24:37 PM PDT by agere_contra (Hamas has dug miles of tunnels - but no bomb-shelters.)
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You know, Neill,
an American, I thought we were above atheism and agnosticism


17 posted on 03/24/2015 12:25:09 PM PDT by ZULU (Je Suis Charlie. . GET IT OBAMA, OR DON'T YOU??)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Neil deGrasse Tyson = Affirmative action astrophysicist


18 posted on 03/24/2015 12:25:48 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.)
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My respect for Tyson is zero.

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.

19 posted on 03/24/2015 12:26:17 PM PDT by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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.”


20 posted on 03/24/2015 12:26:18 PM PDT by laplata ( Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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