It would be pointless, here, to enter into a discussion about climate change, since in the matter of that most disputed of scientific fields, insofar as it is a scientific field at all, everyone one, even the least technically informed, indeed especially the least technically informed, is an expert.
But we cannot help but express our delight in the absurdity of the pseudoscientific in defense of the scientific: which is to say the scientific community when it is being, not scientific, but engaged in the defense of political correctness.
Making its bizarre attack on Bill Nye even more absurd, the Scientific American's article is attributed to "500 Women Scientists."
That is the kind of rubbish that makes you wish that American women would just shut up and go back to having babies and baking apple pies. Then there'd be at least a small chance of Western civilization surviving the current PC blight.
But, as it is, there is apparently not a single one of the alleged 500 authors willing to have their name published.
How's that for scientific credibility?
Then there's the sub heading:
By attending the State of the Union with NASA administrator nominee Jim Bridenstine, the Science Guy tacitly endorses climate denial, intolerance and attacks on science
Is that a compelling argument, or what?
No need for debate. Just have a big enough lynch mob of alleged women-in-science, plus proof that your opponent attended a public event with someone unacceptable to said mob, and he stands condemned, not only of climate denial, a crime comparable presumable to Holocaust denial, but of both intolerance and attacks on science.
Of what he's intolerant, there's apparently no need to say, although I would guess that among other things it would be 500 women attacking him anonymously.
Nye, the authors claim: " has said that he’s accompanying the Congressman to help promote space exploration" and that his attendance “should not be … seen as an acceptance of the recent attacks on science and the scientific community.”
So what do the anonymous "scientific" ladies make of that? Why obviously, that by by attending the 2018 Presidential State of the Union Speech in the company of the Congressman, Nye has "tacitly endorsed those very policies," i.e., those very policies that he has stated explicitly that he does not endorse.
The hate for Rep. Bridenstine, apparently stems from the fact that he:
refuses to state that climate change is driven by human activity, and even introduced legislation to remove Earth sciences from NASA’s scientific mission. Further, he’s worked to undermine civil rights, including pushing for crackdowns on immigrants, a ban on gay marriage, and abolishing the Department of Education.Which is all very well—actually excellent in my view, but what's it got to do with science?
Blustering on with a total contempt for logic, the 500 continue:
As scientists, we cannot stand by while Nye lends our community’s credibility to a man who would undermine the United States’ most prominent science agency.Which raises four questions:
1. Are these 500 women really scientists? They sound like a pack of idiots.
2. In what way is Nye supposed to be undermining NASA? Oh, you mean by wanting to remove Earth Sciences from NASA's scientific mission. But doesn't that make sense? I mean, isn't a "Space Administration" supposed to be focusing on the entire universe other than the Earth? So wouldn't eliminating Earth sciences from NASA's scientific mission improve the focus on the main task?
3. In what way are these women part of my community? And yes, I do have a science degree, several actually. I have worked as a scientist with three government agencies, held academic appointments at multiple universities, at one point three at the same time, including two among the world's top 30 research schools, and have founded and published significant scientific journals. And from my perspective as a former scientific person, the obsession of these alleged 500 women scientists seems entirely political, not scientific. They are, in fact, nothing more than a cackle of anti-Trumpers.
4. In what way is Bill Nye lending any of the non-existent credibility of the claimed community of these women to a man who simply invited Nye as his guest to the 2018 Presidential State of the Union Speech"?
One could go on, but suffice it to say that Scientific American is now revealed for what it is. A propaganda organ which, under the guise of a science magazine, seeks to exploit the authority of science for political ends. Fortunately, the means it has adopted are so ridiculous that we may not have so long to wait before Scientific American folds for lack of subscribers.