Friday, May 30, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson Debunks Fox News On Climate Change

In an episode of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson debunked the claim made by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Fox News commentators that since the "climate is always changing," there's no such thing as climate change caused by human activity. Tyson contrasted the natural climactic changes in the past with the unnatural changes occurring now. Watch:




TYSON: We just can't seem to stop burning up all those buried trees from way back in the carboniferous age, in the form of coal, and the remains of ancient plankton, in the form of oil and gas. If we could, we'd be home free climate wise. Instead, we're dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate the Earth hasn't seen since the great climate catastrophes of the past, the ones that led to mass extinctions. We just can't seem to break our addiction to the kinds of fuel that will bring back a climate last seen by the dinosaurs, a climate that will drown our coastal cities and wreak havoc on the environment and our ability to feed ourselves. All the while, the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us, more than we will ever need. Why can't we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's our excuse?

3 comments:

Michael J. Mand said...

By last count, 99% of all climate scientists, those who have devoted their lives' work to studying, understanding and teaching about this subject, agree that there is a controllable human component to our climate. Deniers would have us believe that these experts are nothing more than elitist intellectuals from whom the general, "gullible" public need protection - the kind of protection offered by, that's right, straight-thinking conservatives who "know" that climate change is nothing more than the latest "liberal tax and spend" scheme. We can choose to bet on the 1% if we want to, but we do so at our own peril.

Underlying all this is a question that I believe needs an answer. Since when did study and knowledge become characteristics deserving only of derision?

Jeff Tone said...

Since when? Since the Republicans declared a war on science. Don't you know that the Earth is only 6,000 years old?

Jeff Tone said...

Since when? Since the Republicans declared a war on science. Don't you know that the Earth is only 6,000 years old?