A climate change denier got more than he bargained for on Facebook when NASA noticed his snarky and uneducated comment about global warming and decided to let him have it with both barrels.
If you’re going to be owned by anyone on social media it’s best to dream big, and they don’t come much bigger than NASA.
For the benefit of mankind and the planet, NASA took a break from boldly going where no man has gone before and exploring the remotest corners of the galaxy to call out climate change deniers on Facebook.
Sending climate change denying trolls back to their fluorescent caves and fracking parties is all in a day’s work for the boffins at NASA, and if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.
It all began when popular science educator Bill Nye posted an article about climate change denier Marc Morano, who refused to take up Nye’s bet of $20,000 that the planet will keep getting hotter.
As we all know, some people fail miserably to take responsibility for anything, and denying that human emissions are causing the planet to warm is a popular pastime for the selfish and the ignorant.
One Facebook user, called Fer Morales, took mighty objection with Nye’s assertion that global warming was a very human problem and got all hot under the collar about it. Even to the extent of using NASA to back up his wild-eyed and half-baked denials.
“Riiiiight, despite NASA confirming that fossil fuels are actually cooling the planet’s temperature, and that there’s more ice than in the last century in the polar caps. And the fact that so-called rises of the sea levels have not materialized, and that any real scientist doesn’t back up man-made climate change at all, since it’s a cycle that has existed even before we did.”
Like a bat out of hell, NASA’s climate change department descended on the stray comment with a vengeance.
Snarling like a disgruntled Greek god who had just had its centuries-old sleep interrupted, NASA warned the social media commentator to be very careful about what he said about the organization.
“Do not misrepresent NASA. Fossil fuels are not cooling the planet.”
Morales’ misguided views were probably formed after reading a 2015 NASA study which discovered that “some aerosols released by burning fossil fuels can temporarily cool localized areas, since they reflect some of the Sun’s radiation away from the Earth before they disperse.”
Yet like most climate change deniers, Morales obviously enjoys playing hard and fast with the facts because the same study also asserted, “the carbon dioxide released during the burning of fossil fuels contributes to global warming — aerosols may cool small areas temporarily, but they’re not enough to cancel out the wider effects of CO2.”
Obviously, if you put two and two together, you get global warming and three slightly bewildered and confused climate change deniers. As such, NASA had a field day on Facebook hunting down other rogue scientific illiterates, and pretty much owning them lock, stock, and with a carbon dioxide-emitting smoking barrel.
Take Andy Andreadis, for example. The climate change denier recklessly thought he could take on the might of NASA with a flimsy, “NASA loves to fudge numbers anyway. NASA should be irrelevant just like their space program.”
As arguments against global warming go. It’s pretty lame, but NASA wasted no time in blasting this crock of bull for what it is.
“NASA does not ‘fudge’ numbers. All data requires statistical adjustments to remove bias. Temperatures are adjusted to coordinate time of day, remove the urban heat island effect, account for station moves, etc. This is all very clearly documented. These adjustments are performed to make the data more accurate.”
The Independent reports that, “Governmental and academic climate agencies from around the world, including the UK Met Office and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, all have extensive proof that global temperatures have risen in the last few centuries, and a recent meta-study from Michigan Technological University found that 97 per cent of climate researchers believe these rises are down to human activity.”
Yet climate change denial has become almost like a religion for those who are afraid to sleep in the dark, and scientists are forever battling against the emotional, the hormonal, and the plain helpless cases who refuse to see the light.
Let’s hope for the earth’s sake NASA keeps up the good fight.