Bill Nye fashions himself a voice of rational thought and scientific inquiry. His shtick has gotten him into classrooms and on an endless loop of evangelizing TV appearances. Yet nearly every time he speaks these days, Nye diminishes genuine science by resorting to scaremonger-y nuggets of easily dismissible ideologically-motivated nonsense.
Take this tweet he sent out to his nearly three million followers:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>More severe weather. More suffering. More expense. Let's all take climate change seriously. <a href=”https://t.co/HGHQJLgqRr”>pic.twitter.com/HGHQJLgqRr</a></p>— Bill Nye (@BillNye) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BillNye/status/730405932933496832″>May 11, 2016</a></blockquote>
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If people trusted global warming alarmists, they might function under the premise that severe weather events are something unique to this particular age. It was only the discovery of fossil fuels that forced man to wrestle with the terrifying hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and rain showers. Before the discovery of oil, or the Fall of Man, it was San Diego for everyone all the time.
Is there really more severe weather? More tornadoes, for instance?
Since I’m not an engineer like Nye, I turn to the people at National Centers for Environmental Information and learn that not only has tornado activity seemed to be pretty steady the past few decades (in every single region of the United States, for that matter), but that the frequency of violent tornadoes has decreased.