Monday, February 11, 2013

The Role of Global Warming in Causing Asteroid Impacts

My son Chris brought this to my attention.

In it we are treated to the spectacle of a CNN anchor actually asking Bill Nye whether global warming can cause an asteroid impact. 

Is this the level of ignorance we should come to expect of the media?  I’m afraid it is.

Bill Nye, with astonishing self-control, did not break out laughing at the absurdity.  In his place, I would have lost it…and maybe that would not have been a bad thing.

We have already had to listen to explanations of why cold snaps and heavy snowfall are caused by global warming.  What about the Dow Jones Industrial Average?  What about sunspots?  The phases of the Moon?  And what about fact-checking and editorial oversight and minimal standards of scientific competence, such as completion of a Junior High School general science course?

And I was just getting over the news, courtesy of the Huffington Post and CNN, that Betelgeuse was about to explode and wipe us out.  (See my earlier post on “The Sky is Falling!”)

Hmm, I wonder—can global warming cause a star to go supernova?  Stay tuned to CNN and find out…


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