Following their debate on Creationism v. Evolution on Tuesday night, Bill Nye and Ken Ham appeared on CNN with Piers Morgan to consider climate change. Not surprisingly, Ham has little use for science on this subject either, assuring us that the changes in climate in recent decades is nothing to be concerned about.
“There’s been climate change ever since the flood of Noah’s day,” he told viewers, going on to assure them that while there had been warming in recent decades, it was short-term and that now we are actually experiencing “cooling again.”
This is not true of course. We still are seeing a warming trend and climate scientists are in overwhelming agreement that it is largely due to human actions.
Following Ham’s opening remarks, Morgan said to Nye, “Bill Nye, you’ve been looking there at Ken, as you have been all evening in the debate, I was catching some of it, with a look of vague bafflement on your face. Did you learn anything which was even remotely persuasive to you, that maybe you’re barking up the wrong tree about this whole global warming business?”
“No, and let me say, just inherent in Mr. Ham’s answer,” Nye said, “first of all, it was a very respectful evening, I thought we both gave it our best and I appreciate the opportunity. But just notice that inherent in his response was that the world is winding down since the great flood, and that somehow the climate change, what I heard, what I infer from your remarks was that this is sort of a punishment for humankind. And I’m very skeptical of all three of those things. Very skeptical of the ancient flood, very skeptical that the world is winding down, its spin is slowing because of the pull of the moon and the tides and I’m skeptical that it’s a punishment from a deity.”
Nye went on to explain that we now have more heat energy trapped in the atmosphere than there has been in a very long time, and that the rate at which that heat energy is being added is what is causing all of the extremes in weather.
When asked directly by Morgan whether or not he believed that global warming was a hoax, Ham became defensive and challenged him to show him when he had ever said that he did not believe in global warming. Bill was not going to let that one slip away unchallenged and told him that he had gone on the radio and said that global warming was not real.
In one of his online videos Ham said, “…scripture tells us what really happened: We live on a young Earth that has undergone radical climate changes from the global flood.”
You can see the entire conversation in the video below: