A visibly distraught Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria on Sunday and grappled with the Trump administration’s reluctance to acknowledge a correlation between climate change and Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
The famed astrophysicist told Zakaria that he worried “we might not be able to recover from” the effects of climate change. Tell me something I don’t already know, Neil!
“I worry that we might not be able to recover from this because all our greatest cities are on the oceans and water’s edges, historically for commerce and transportation,” Tyson uneasily explained. “And as storms kick in, as water levels rise, they are the first to go.”
It’s quite clear by now that Trump’s administration will not accept the reality of climate change, but Tyson was particularly disturbed given both storms’ unprecedented strength. “What will it take for people to recognize that a community of scientists are learning objective truths about the natural world and that you can benefit from knowing about it,” Tyson asked. “To cherry pick science, it’s an odd thing for a scientist to oversee.”
“The day two politicians are arguing about whether science is true, it means nothing gets done. Nothing,” Tyson said.“It’s the beginning of the end of an informed democracy, as I’ve said many times. What I’d rather happen is you recognize what is scientifically truth, then you have your political debate.”
Tyson probably isn’t talking about the type of political debate Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt envisioned airing on TV between the climate scientists who dispute climate change and the other 97% who don’t — but who among us wouldn’t watch the guy who knows everything school Pruitt’s stooge?