Ignorance is the link between creationism and climate change denialism, according to the Bill Nye, who argued the existence of the link on Tuesday.
In some cases, yes. But don’t discount the power of money and malevolent stupidity, either.
Nye told CBS that “It’s not a coincidence that the creationists also deny climate change,” adding that, “It’s a really important thing. Just look at this morning’s stories.”
According to Nye, people who claim that the Earth is “young” are more likely to mistake weather for climate, and will often seize on stories of snowstorms in the Midwest as “proof” that the planet isn’t warming.
That climate change denialists would seize on that suggests there’s something about geography they’re not grasping the rest of us figured out a long time ago: the world is big. It’s a lot bigger than the Midwest, and the United State is not to the globe environmentally what Texas is to the United States politically and socially.
Nye also defended his decision to take on Ken Ham, stating that he went through with it to call attention to Ham’s warped ideology for the sake of younger viewers:
If we raise a generation of people, of science students, who don’t understand the fundamental idea in all of life science, then they are not going to be productive members of society. They’re not going to be critically thinking voters, and they won’t contribute as much as they could. And it’s not a coincidence.
And while Nye said that religion and science need to be kept separate, he added that it was “helpful” that Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s stance on evolution, saying “There’s so many people comforted, get so much out being in the community of Catholics, that to have their head guy say we’re going to join the mainstream of scientific thinking is good.”
Catholics were, by and large, already part of the mainstream. The people who believe this creationist garbage are the same ones who will condemn the “papists” as “not real Christians” at the drop of a hat.
You can watch the interview below: