Weather Channel Founder Slams Bill Nye – “A Pretend Scientist In A Bow Tie”
By Paul Homewood
The new film, Climate Hustle, which is due to screen today in the United States, has not had much attention over here.
From the Mail:
Weather Channel founder John Coleman has attacked Bill Nye ‘the science guy’ for raining on his parade ahead of the release of new climate-change denying film ‘Climate Hustle.’
Coleman, a meteorologist of 60 years who will introduce the film on its one-night-only screening on May 2, objected to Nye’s remark that the film is ‘very much not in our national interest and the world’s interest.’
‘I have always been amazed that anyone would pay attention to Bill Nye, a pretend scientist in a bow tie,’ Coleman said Friday, according to Climate Depot.
Coleman continued: ‘As a man who has studied the science of meteorology for over 60 years and received the AMS [American Meteorological Society’s] "Meteorologist of the Year" award, I am totally offended that Nye gets the press and media attention he does.’
The film, marketed with the tagline ‘Are they trying to control the climate… or you?’ suggests that man-made global warming is a hoax.
Its website says that an ‘overheated environmental con job [is] being used to push for increased government regulations and a new "Green" energy agenda.’
Nye, a children’s TV host who has made a career out of presenting science-themed shows, is highly critical of climate change deniers.
When asked by the filmmakers whether climate-change deniers should be jailed, Nye replied, ‘Well, we’ll see what happens. Was it appropriate to jail the guys from ENRON?’
He continued: ‘Was it appropriate to jail people from the cigarette industry who insisted that this addictive product was not addictive and so on?’
Although Nye stopped short of actually recommending jail terms, Coleman – the original weatherman on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ – said: ‘That is the most awful thing since Galileo was jailed for saying the Earth was not the center of the Universe.’
‘In 20 or 30 years, when Nye is an old man, he will realize how wrong he was as the Earth continues to be a just a great place to live.’
Although Nye is not a professional scientist – he has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – his beliefs are in line with the majority of climate scientists, who agree that climate change is occurring due to man-made pollution.
And Coleman’s belief that man-made climate change is not happening is in line with the majority of meteorologists – 64 percent of them in 2013, according to a study by social scientists from George Mason University, the AMS and Yale University.
That’s because most meteorologists are not climate researchers or experts, nor do they have to perform climate research as part of their jobs, The Guardian reported.
Weather forecasters were specifically named as an example of AMS members who do not have to do any climate research as part of their job.
‘Climate Hustle’ will have a one-night-only screening, with an introduction by Coleman and followed by a discussion panel including Bill Nye, at select theaters on May 2.