Weather Channel founder trashes Bill Nye as 'pretend scientist'

Weather Channel founder John Coleman doesn't think much of Bill Nye "The Science Guy."  Coleman took Nye to the woodshed over a clip he recorded that aired over the weekend criticizing the soon to be released documentary Climate Hustle.

“I have always been amazed that anyone would pay attention to Bill Nye, a pretend scientist in a bow tie,” Mr. Coleman said Saturday on the website Climate Depot.

“As a man who has studied the science of meteorology for over 60 years and received the [American Meteorological Society] Meteorologist of the Year award, I am totally offended that Nye gets the press and media attention he does,” Mr. Coleman said. “And I am rooting for the ‘Climate Hustle’ film to become a huge hit — bigger than ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ by Al Gore.”

First of all, I would hope Mr. Coleman would rethink his criticism of bow ties.  Many prominent and famous men have worn bow ties, including Abe Lincoln, Winston Churchill, George Will, and my friend Roger Kimball, publisher of the New Criterion.  In a gentler age, the bow tie made a man look "dapper."  So please, leave criticism of the bow tie out of your rant against Mr. Nye.

Coleman is, of course, correct.  Nye is an engineer, not an earth scientist.  He has as much business commenting on climate change as Donald Trump has commenting on good manners.

The new documentary Climate Hustle was made by prominent skeptics whose arguments we have featured on AT many times.

Washington Times:

Indeed, the documentary by Climate Depot’s Marc Morano bills itself as a response to the former vice president’s Academy Award-winning 2006 documentary, which sparked international alarm with its warnings of imminent environmental disaster fueled by rising greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere.

“Climate Hustle,” which has a one-day screening at theaters nationwide Monday, argues that the climate change catastrophe scenarios are part of an “overheated environmental con job” aimed at creating hysteria to drive public support for bigger government and ever-increasing regulation.

The documentary’s full name is: “Climate Hustle: Are They Trying to Control the Climate … Or You?”

Anthony Watts, who runs the skeptical climate website Watts Up With That, said the documentary is the first aimed at debunking the claims of the climate change movement. He called the film “corny” at times but also vastly more entertaining than ponderous climate documentaries such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2007 “The 11th Hour,” which bombed at the box office.

“[T]hat’s the purpose of this film, to make people laugh at the ridiculous claims that have been created about global warming/climate change.Morano does this and does it well. That’s the power behind this film,” Mr. Watts said in his review.

The film has won similar praise in reviews on conservative and free market outlets including National Review, Breitbart and The Daily Caller. Hollywood in Toto’s Christian Toto called “Climate Hustle” “brutally effective” and “the most dangerous documentary of the year.”

Meanwhile, the climate change movement has blasted the film as propaganda. The liberal website DeSmog created another website, Climate Hustler, aimed at discrediting the film and Mr. Morano, a former Republican staffer for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

“Climate Hustle, Morano’s new ‘documentary film’ is pure propaganda. It is a snake oil salesman’s latest attempt to confuse the public about the urgent need for political action to address the global warming crisis driven by burning fossil fuels,” said the website.

It's easy to understand when one side uses facts to make its case and the other side uses worthless predictive models.

The notion of catastrophic global warming rests entirely on unproven models that have yet to come close to predicting short-term warming.  And who can forget all those claims made by Gore in Inconvenient Truth that turned out to be laughably false? 

In order to drive the argument about climate change their way, climate hysterics must connect anything and everything to global warming.  The latest heat wave?  Global warming.  A hurricane?  Global warming.  And on and on.

Climate Hustle should inject some well needed facts into the debate over climate change.  Changing hearts and minds may be more difficult.