Sarah Palin Has A Point About Bill Nye — But Does It Matter? [Video]

Sarah Palin has been making news this year — most recently with her participation at an April 14 press conference in support of the movie Climate Hustle, which claims that the science on climate change is not settled.

As was reported earlier by the Inquisitr, Palin went after Bill Nye for his support of climate change awareness.

“Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am,” Sarah Palin said at the press conference.

Palin’s statement was covered by several media outlets, including CNN, CBS, Us Weekly Magazine, and others. Three days later, Palin’s comments are still making news.

But Does Sarah Palin Have a Point?

Sarah Palin has a point about Bill Nye being a “science guy.” [Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Nick Graham][/caption]

However, Palin does have a point? Because Bill Nye hosted a show that was targeted to children from 1983-1998, he remains popular among his former viewers, and as such is seen as an authority.

Those who grew up watching him would pay attention to his comments on the subject. For instance, in their report on the Palin-Nye controversy, CNN noted that at the Climate Hustle press conference, a clip was shown where Nye suggested that climate change “deniers” should be subject to “criminal investigations.”

The Federalist, a right-leaning online publication, notes that even while Sarah Palin is on “the downward slide into national irrelevancy,” she is correct that Nye is not, strictly speaking, a scientist; he has earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Cornell University, and he does not appear to have published any peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

Palin-Nye Controversy Misses the Point

But if there’s one thing both sides of the climate change issue should agree upon, intense media focus upon Bill Nye’s scientific credentials (let alone Sarah Palin’s) misses the point. The greater question and issue is this: Is man-made global warming real, and is it a threat to the planet?

On the one-hand, there are many scientists who argue that it is not. Some of them are featured in the Climate Hustle movie trailer.

Others like Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, questions claims about man-made climate change; he told Energy Live News that CO2 does not cause global warming, and that the hysteria over man-made climate change is a “complete fabrication.”

Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan emeritus professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is also skeptical, as reported by The Weekly Standard.

“We all agree that CO2 is a greenhouse gas…As a result, there’s hardly anyone serious who says that man has no role…The questions have always been, as they ought to be in science, how much?”

On the other hand, The Washington Post opined that Sarah Palin was using a red herring in attacking Bill Nye, who was “simply articulating the lessons that emerge from a vast body of research, and a well established scientific understanding of how the planet’s atmosphere works.”

The Post added that Palin’s comments needed to be countered because they, and the Climate Hustle movie Palin helped to promote, will attract “significant attention.”

USA Today attempted to defend Nye from Palin, pointing out that he had written two books on scientific topics.

While Palin and Nye were apparently scheduled to appear together at a panel discussion on climate change, Variety had since reported that Nye was never invited.

What do you think? Is Sarah Palin right to go after Bill Nye, or are his credentials irrelevant?

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