[PODCAST] #490: The Fall of the “Scientific” Political Finger Puppet (A Rant)


On Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix), and other science and sex junk.

CORRECTION: In this show, I claimed that the 97% percent statistic on human-caused or anthropogenic global warming comes from a survey in which less than 97 scientists took part. While surveys with such small sample sizes have occurred, this sentence was misleading because it is far from the whole story. Furthermore, while I remain skeptical, I am not opposed to the idea that humans contribute to climate change; I am only opposed to proposed UN/US government solutions to this problem (CAFE standards, carbon tax, etc...). Opposition to political outcomes does not justify an uninformed denial of the problem they supposedly aim to address. I also couldn't find a source that perfectly supported my sentence, thus I am concerned it was likely a confabulation of different pieces of information.

A myriad of surveys have been conducted on this question, dating back to the 1990s. The Wikipedia page for this topic is a good starting point if you want to learn more. This is a far more complex and contentious issue than people Bill Nye have led others to believe.

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  1. I actually sent Joe Rogan this link as part of a guest suggestion months ago. It is a very thorough breakdown of the climate change issue. Unfortunately,this discussion did not occur on a show with a dancing ass-clown so there has been little coverage. Also, none of my ‘open-minded’ lefty friends can get past minute 5 without running to their safe space. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofXQdl1FDGk

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