Al Gore is a liar. I know that. You know that. Pretty much the whole world knows that at this point. However, I am disappointed to no end that Bill Nye, the Science Guy, went along with this farcical “science experiment”:
Bill Nye, in his narration at 0:48 in the video says:
You can replicate this effect yourself in a simple lab experiment, here’s how.
…and at 1:10 in the video Nye says:
Within minutes you will see the temperature of the bottle with the carbon dioxide in it rising faster and higher.
Mr. Gore’s Climate 101 experiment is falsified, and could not work given the equipment he specified. If they actually tried to perform the experiment themselves, perhaps this is why they had to resort to stagecraft in the studio to fake the temperature rise on the split screen thermometers.
The experiment as presented by Al Gore and Bill Nye “the science guy” is a failure, and not representative of the greenhouse effect related to CO2 in our atmosphere. The video as presented, is not only faked in post production, the premise is also false and could never work with the equipment they demonstrated. Even with superior measurement equipment it doesn’t work, but more importantly, it couldn’t work as advertised.
My parents and I lived out in Washington State when Bill was getting his start on “Almost Live!” (I still remember his Speedwalker skits, in fact), and thereafter his Science Guy series was one of the few shows they allowed me to watch. It is fair to say that he had a pretty significant influence on my desire to go into engineering fields and tinker around with the things he talked about (of course, life had a funny way of changing that, but that is a topic for another post).
And here he is, lending his name – and credibility – to an obviously flawed and deficient science experiment that not only does not work the way he advertised, but, in fact, does the complete opposite.
Now maybe it is possible he never actually saw the experiment performed (actually, it is fairly likely, given that the experiment does not work). Maybe he was just sent a script for the voice-over-ing and never really demanded to see the documentation to support it. Maybe he just needed to put food on the table.
It still sucks to see a childhood hero come crashing down in a pile of political intrigue, though.
(Courtesy of Les Jones.)