Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been attracting a lot of attention for some recent comments he made about Hurricane Harvey and climate science.
When the storm made landfall in Texas at the beginning of the weekend, Tyson sent out this widely-circulated tweet:
Hmm. Don’t see much denial of @NOAA climate scientists who have predicted Hurricane Harvey’s devastating path into Texas.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 25, 2017
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monitors ocean and weather activity, and much of their data pertains to global warming research. Even so, there were some people who wondered what exactly Tyson was trying to insinuate about meteorology and climate change.
Climate science isn’t meteorology. This tweet is as bad as claiming global warming doesn’t exist because it’s snowing in winter. https://t.co/RIYuonuyFr
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 26, 2017
What a moron. https://t.co/hKXXjQssp3
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) August 26, 2017
This guy may receive the #DamUDum
Lifetime Achievement Award
Meteorologists predict storm paths
not climate scientists https://t.co/Vl5MP3nfxd
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) August 25, 2017
When TMZ caught up with Tyson and asked him to explain, he said that he wasn’t trying to make a point about “the atmosphere of climate denial” at the time, and it was his own fault the conversation went in that direction.
Tyson continued to say that “if you’re in denial of global warming you’re in denial of objective scientific truths. That’s not a political stance, that’s an ignorant stance.”
Watch his comments above, via TMZ.
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