Guest Post by Bob Tisdale
For those not familiar with Dancing With the Stars, it’s a television dance contest that pairs professional dancers with celebrities. Bill Nye was a celebrity dancer for 2013’s Season 17. Nye was eliminated in the third round after he and his partner scored the lowest points in the first three rounds. (Also see the HuffingtonPost article here about Nye’s injury in the second round.) Nye is probably most famous for his acting role in the kids’ science program Bill Nye the Science Guy that ran from 1993 to 1998. See Bill Nye’s other acting credits on the IMDb webpage here.
With his celebrity status, Bill Nye has become an outspoken activist intent on curbing greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit much-speculated-about global warming and its hypothetical climate-change impacts. In his recent HuffingtonPost blog post Why I Choose to Challenge Climate Change Deniers, his celebrityness takes on Marc Morano and meteorologist Joe Bastardi and attempts to make hypothetical human-induced global warming and climate change focal points for the upcoming U.S. elections.
The Dancing With the Stars celebrity’s recent blog post begins (my boldface):
As you may know, I am very concerned about global warming and global climate change. The science of global warming is long settled, and one may wonder why the United States, nominally the most technologically advanced country in the world, is not the world leader in addressing the threats enumerated by the U.S. military, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and others. I hope people will take the facts we face into account as they head to the polls this year.
And his post concludes:
Contrary to Mr. Bastardi’s statement, carbon dioxide certainly does affect the Earth’s climate in a big way. I hope you will consider both Mr. Morano’s and Mr. Bastardi’s tendency to change the subject along with their misjudgment, or apparent misjudgment, of atmospheric and planetary science as you head to the polls this year.
Global politics created the much-ballyhooed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a political entity, not a scientific one) and now Bill Nye is attempting to influence the U.S. presidential election with the output of that political entity. For those new to the politics behind the hypothesis of human-induced global warming and climate change, see the Introduction to my free ebook On Global Warming and the Illusion of Control – Part 1 (25MB .pdf). The Introduction begins:
Politicians and activist scientists have endeavored to destroy our perception of one of Nature’s most humbling, wonder-inspiring rewards: the gift of weather in all its forms…benign and violent. The grandeur of weather is being used by politicians and activist scientists to bludgeon voters and to frighten the gullible.
A closing question: Does anyone care about the political opinions of an actor who appeared on Dancing With the Stars?