Everyone’s favorite science guy, Bill Nye paid a visit to CNN to discuss climate change and the flooding that devastated Louisiana this month. He was asked about the role climate change had on the floods.
“I don’t have the answer to this,” Nye told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, “but it’s going to get worse. It’s certainly going to get worse.”
“As the ocean gets warmer — which it is getting — it expands… molecules spread apart. And then as the sea surface is warmer, water evaporates. And so, it’s very reasonable that these storms are connected to these big effects,” he said.
“And you know, here at CNN you have, essentially, a climate change denier meteorologist. Knock yourselves out, but this is a big problem and it’s not going to go away,” he said.
While Nye didn’t name the meteorologist, but it can be deduced that he meant Chad Myers.
In 2008, Myers said that “To think that we could affect weather all that much is pretty arrogant.”
Later, in 2010, on CNN, he said viewers should follow the money on climate change, saying the hoax is being pushed by meteorologists who are afraid of losing their jobs.
“I also think it has something to do — follow the money a little bit. Meteorologists aren’t paid by the government, the ones on TV, the climatologists are. If there’s nothing to talk about, will their jobs really be all that secure? So, follow the money a little bit, I think you’ll find 10% and 15% and every little corner has to do with it.”
Cuomo avoided the topic with Nye, saying it was “another conversation for another day.”