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Bill Nye Under Attack for Linking Texas Floods to Climate Change

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Bill Nye Under Attack for Linking Texas Floods to Climate Change

Bill Nye took to Twitter to call out meteorologists for failing to link the floods earlier this week in Texas with a warming climate, and the backlash in the Twitterverse was intense.

Houston received more than 10 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, "bringing America’s fourth-largest city to a standstill," reports Scientific AmericanTexas Governor Abbott even said the flooding had "tsunami-type power." And while no one single weather event can be linked to climate change, recognizing that the event is part of a larger trend of extreme weather, which is caused by climate change, should have been no big deal to do.

Scientists have been saying for years that as carbon emissions increase, so will extreme downpours. “When you have a warmer atmosphere, then you have the capability to hold more water vapor,” Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists told Alternet. “When storms organize, there’s much more water you can wring out of the atmosphere compared to the past.”  

But conservative groups such as the Young Conservatives laid into Nye for blaming climate change for the floods. The conservative Twitter-tracking group Twitchy seethed over Nye's comment, calling it "so predictable:"

Although just last year it was drought in Texas that was caused by global warming ... What’s even funnier is that Nye thinks his alarmism that blames every, single weather event on manmade global warming is just what’s needed to convince more people that the alarmist camp knows what it is talking about.

Other users got just downright nasty:

And conservatives used a common climate denial tactic (which Nye has successfully rebutted), calling into question his credentials as a climate scientist:      

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