Bill Nye Climate Change Claim: Louisiana Flood Caused by Climate Change

Bill Nye Climate Change

Bill Nye climate change — Could Climate Change be the reason behind the deadly flooding in Louisiana? Bill Nye Thinks so.

On Tuesday morning, CNN’s Chris Cuomo spoke with Bill Nye — once upon a time the most famous “Science Guy” in television history, now a regular commentator and analyst on the ongoing march of climate change and all the environmental perils that come with it. And, perhaps needless to say, Nye saw a prime example of this playing out in the Bayou State. Bill Nye said that climate change caused the Louisiana floods, and that the science going forward shows that these kinds of disasters will become more and more common in the region.

Specifically, Nye told Cuomo that flooding in the region is being exacerbated by rising sea temperatures ― the warmer it gets, the more water molecules expand, putting additional pressure on the state’s protective levees. Furthermore, a higher oceanic surface temperature means that more water evaporates, leading to increased rainfall.

As Cuomo observed, one of the startling things about the recent flooding is what caused it — or to be more specific, what didn’t. While Louisiana has contended with awful natural disasters before (most memorably Hurricane Katrina back in 2005), this recent surge of floodwaters wasn’t the result of a hurricane, but a tropical storm. In other words, the severity fell short of some of what the state has faced in the past, but the costs in terms of damage and human displacement have been no less devastating.

I don’t have the answer to this, except it’s gonna get worse. It almost certainly will get worse. Everybody, as the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, it expands. Water gets ― molecules spread apart. And then as the sea surface is warmer more water evaporates, and so it’s very reasonable that these storms are connected to these big effects.

Nye also pointed out a grim truth that all Americans should keep in mind when they watch footage of flooded streets, ruined houses, and drowned neighborhoods: This is what climate change’s impact can look like in one of the most developed countries on Earth, which ostensibly has more money and resources than so many others. For smaller, poorer nations around the world facing similar threats from rising sea levels, the resources of the U.S. government aren’t waiting in the wings.

As it stands now, the Louisiana floods have reportedly killed 13 people and displaced tens of thousands more, with an estimated 60,000 homes ruined. The recovery effort is going to be a long and challenging one — though as Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has reminded us in some of his public statements, even that conversation is even a little premature right now. It’s hard to talk recovery while an emergency is still ongoing, and the situation in Louisiana is still far from stable.



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  • Donald Downing

    Bill Nye. Has a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He also has a BS for BS.

  • Rance Branford

    This was to be expected from this asshat. He’s as much scientist as William Shatner is starship captain.

    • MarvLS1

      The truth is, everyone is a scientist. You don’t have to have a college degree to be a scientist. Anyone who studies how nature works is a scientist.

      One of the biggest lies of our culture is that only those with degrees are qualified to speak on scientific matters. That’s a lie.

      For example; Al Gore, and Obama told us the sea levels would rise and flood the coasts if the Ice Caps melted, right? But any random citizen who paid attention in 7th Grade science class knows that water has a unique property in that is reduces in volume when it goes from a solid to a liquid. Meaning when ice melts, it lakes up less space.

      This is why a glass of water doesn’t spill over when the ice melts.
      The so-called “scientific community” (at least as the media presents it) has become a priesthood which is every bit as dogmatic and oppressive as the “Church” was in medieval times.

      “Science” means knowledge. Bill Nye and his ilk are anti-knowledge.

      • Bart_R

        Everybody can be an amateur scientist if they do these things:

        “Do everything in your power to avoid believing what is true, false or what is false, true.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson.

        Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica:

        [I] Do not feign hypotheses. For whatever is not deduced from the phenomena must be called a hypothesis; and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, or based on occult qualities, or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy. In this experimental philosophy, propositions are deduced from the phenomena and are made general by induction.”

        Hold exact claims inferred from all we note assuming least, excepting least and linking by logic like parts of like things most possible (but no further than possible*) until new note need amended or new claim — paraphrasing Isaac Newton, Philosophia 1714, *amended Albert Einstein 1914.

        Or, in longer styling: Newton’s ‘Rules of Reasoning’ (Regulae philosophandi):

        1. “We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.”

        2. “To the same natural effects we must, as far as possible, assign the same causes.”

        3. “Qualities … found to belong to all bodies within the reach of our experiments are to be esteemed the universal qualities of all bodies whatsoever.”

        4. “We are to look upon propositions collected by general induction from phenomena as exact or very nearly true … till such time as other phenomena occur by which they may either be made more exact, or liable to exceptions.”

        Let’s compare your claims to that standard: you don’t need a college degree, observationally is true, but observationally is also an irrelevant red herring. Better scientists do everything in their power to improve their science, and a degree is observationally an advantage.

        Observationally, caring who is saying something more than what they say is an ad hominem logical fallacy, therefore invalid and irrelevant.

        That’s a foul and a strike to you.

        Grade 7 science says whatnow?

        You’re talking about the coefficient of thermal expansion of water. Water’s property of minimal volume at about four degrees C isn’t what prevents a glass of water from spilling over when ice melts, otherwise it would spill over at eight degrees C. Ice displaces its mass in water, and as an equal mass of ice and water take up the same volume when ice becomes water, ice melting in a glass won’t overflow, but if you heat the water you will begin to see overflow due expansion, for the same reason as running a metal lid under hot water helps unstick a stuck jar. Further, if you melt ice that isn’t in the glass, the way ice on land is melting into the oceans — there’s a piece of ice the size of Scotland a quarter mile thick being dumped off Antarctica about to split off this year — you definitely overflow the glass.

        That’s three strikes. You’re out.

      • Anaussieinswitzerland

        “This is why a glass of water doesn’t spill over when the ice melts.”

        LOL

        Most of the ice which is melting is land ice from Greenland, Antarctica and mountain glaciers all over the world.

        It is adding new water to your glass analogy not melting the ice already in the glass.

        If you suspend a lump of ice over a full glass of water and allow the water to drip into the full glass as the ice melts what happens?

        That is why sea levels are rising and floods are becoming more common and more severe.

    • Bart_R

      “Do everything in your power to avoid believing what is true, false or what is false, true.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson.

      Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica:

      [I] Do not feign hypotheses. For whatever is not deduced from the phenomena must be called a hypothesis; and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, or based on occult qualities, or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy. In this experimental philosophy, propositions are deduced from the phenomena and are made general by induction.”

      Hold exact claims inferred from all we note assuming least, excepting least and linking by logic like parts of like things most possible (but no further than possible*) until new note need amended or new claim — paraphrasing Isaac Newton, Philosophia 1714, *amended Albert Einstein 1914.

      Or, in longer styling: Newton’s ‘Rules of Reasoning’ (Regulae philosophandi):

      1. “We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.”

      2. “To the same natural effects we must, as far as possible, assign the same causes.”

      3. “Qualities … found to belong to all bodies within the reach of our experiments are to be esteemed the universal qualities of all bodies whatsoever.”

      4. “We are to look upon propositions collected by general induction from phenomena as exact or very nearly true … till such time as other phenomena occur by which they may either be made more exact, or liable to exceptions.”

      Bill Nye checks off all the boxes for being a scientist. You check off none of them.

      You’re as qualified to criticize Nye’s qualifications as you are to built a teleporter.

  • Scott Cook

    May be paid him to say “Climate Change” and he is obliged to full-fill that contract? Green Peace makes money off the fear mongering?

  • kim swiger

    This person makes claims in his attempt to be relevant. Want to be something you’re not? Call yourself the lying MSM expert on their current propaganda program and watch the heads nod in agreement. When the rainforests were cut and burned the planet was affected so blame it on things we don’t want. Oil, coal, cattle etc. Wake up people before your country becomes Venezuela.

  • MarvLS1

    If Bill Nye the pseudo-science Lie says it, it can’t be true. He’s a paid shill for the globalists who use environmentalism as a political bludgeon. He should have stuck to teaching kids how magnetism works and stuff like that instead of becoming a spokesman for the Climate Liars.

    • Bart_R

      So your evidence for your defamations?

  • Gerardo Uy

    The Italians want to know if climate change has to do with the Earthquake they just had?…someone said it was the golfing by Obama causing the earthquake…

    • Bart_R

      So is Donaldo Trumpo handing out Play Doh to Italian survivors for 49 seconds today?

  • bestofandy

    The alternative theory is for the climate change deniers to say that Louisiana residents did not pray enough for “god” to save them. Maybe they got the pray order wrong and asked for too much water instead? When you believe the bible crap, you can invent all kinds of nonsense.