The celebrity scientist slammedCNNs New Dayon Saturday for putting together anEarth Daypanel that includedWilliam Happera physicist who thinks carbon pollution is a mythand once said carbon dioxide was being demonized likeJewish people in Nazi Germany.
When asked about Happers skepticism, Nye answered by providing Happer with a few facts about the rising rates of atmospheric CO2but not before scolding the hosts for doing a disservice to their viewers.
I will say, as much as I love the CNN, youre doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change, Nye said, referring to the widespread consensus among scientists that climate change is real and primarily caused by human activity.
Happer, a professor at Princeton, had earlier stated that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.
Theres this myth thats developed around carbon dioxide that its a pollutant, Happer said. But you and I both exhale carbon dioxide with every breath. Each of us emits about two pounds of carbon dioxide a day, so are we polluting the planet?
Nye pointed that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at a record rate, according to data released this year by the Environmental System Research Laboratory.
What he claims to not understand is the rate. Its the speed at which were adding carbon dioxide, Nye said. What you got to get is the speed at which things are changing.
Happer later pressed Nye on global warming, saying that Earthstemperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmists computer models predicted.He added: The whole basis for the alarmism is not true. Its based on flawed computer modeling.
To which Nye swiftly replied, Thats completely wrong. Say what you will, but you have it absolutely wrong.
In the past, Happer has argued that global warming and an increase in carbon dioxide is good for mankind. The climate change skeptic met with President Donald Trump in January, sparking rumors that he was being considered for the role of science adviser.
During Saturdays panel, Nye offered Happer a bit of advice.
Sir, with some respect, Nye said. I encourage you to cut this out so that we can all move forward and make the United States a world leader in technology.