As Mother Nature prepares to unleash a torrent of heavy snow on a good number of the population this week, leaving those unfamiliar with the bitter cold scrambling for cover, Bill Nye the Science Guy has a message for media outlets on their weather coverage — just use the words “climate change” now and then, Nye pleaded on MSNBC in a Monday interview with Joy Reid.
The anchorwoman brought up an article in TIME by Eliana Dockterman slamming Pat Sajak, the Wheel of Fortune host, for a misguided hint at the seeming dissonance of thefreezing temperatures amid claims of global warming. Nye responded:
Let’s not confuse or interchange climate change with global warming. Global warming — the world is getting warmer. There is more carbon monoxide holding in more heat. So when the climate changes, some places get colder. And the thing that’s really consistent with climate change models is this variance where it’s cold, it’s warm, it’s cold, it’s warm.
Nye then issued an appeal to the media at large to bring up climate change while reporting on extreme weather patterns. He said:
So what I would hope for, my dream, Joy, is that you all, you and the news business would just say the word climate change. Just, like, “It could be climate change. It’s a possible connection to climate change. Is this evidence of climate change?” Could you just toss that in now and then?