Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Bill Nye Under Attack for Linking Texas Floods to Climate Change

Climate
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:      

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Ben & Jerry’s Teams Up With Tesla to Encourage Fans to Join the Climate Movement

Jon Stewart: Climate Change to Blame for Allergies Getting Worse Each Year

Factory Farms Are a #LoadOfCrap, Says New Report

A deadly tornado touched down near the city of Fultondale, Alabama on Jan. 25, 2021. Justin1569 / Wikipedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

A tornado tore through a city north of Birmingham, Alabama, Monday night, killing one person and injuring at least 30.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

An empty school bus by a field of chemical plants in "Cancer Alley," one of the most polluted areas of the U.S. that stretches from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, where oil refineries and petrochemical plants reside alongside suburban homes. Giles Clarke / Getty Images

By David Konisky

On his first day in office President Joe Biden started signing executive orders to reverse Trump administration policies. One sweeping directive calls for stronger action to protect public health and the environment and hold polluters accountable, including those who "disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities."

Read More Show Less

Trending

Pixabay

By Katherine Kornei

Clear-cutting a forest is relatively easy—just pick a tree and start chopping. But there are benefits to more sophisticated forest management. One technique—which involves repeatedly harvesting smaller trees every 30 or so years but leaving an upper story of larger trees for longer periods (60, 90, or 120 years)—ensures a steady supply of both firewood and construction timber.

Read More Show Less
Icebergs near Ilulissat, Greenland on Oct. 13, 2020. Climate change is having a profound effect with glaciers and the Greenland ice cap retreating. Ulrik Pedersen / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Earth's ice is melting 57 percent faster than in the 1990s and the world has lost more than 28 trillion tons of ice since 1994, research published Monday in The Cryosphere shows.

Read More Show Less
Caribbean islands such as Trinidad have plenty of water for swimming, but locals face water shortages for basic needs. Marc Guitard / Getty Images

By Jewel Fraser

Noreen Nunez lives in a middle-class neighborhood that rises up a hillside in Trinidad's Tunapuna-Piarco region.

Read More Show Less