In a clip from this week’s episode, Cosmos host Neil DeGrasse Tyson debunks climate change denial by simply taking a walk on the beach with a dog, Mother Jones reported.
“Weather is hard to predict, like my friend here,” Tyson explains, with the dog at his side. “But Climate is predictable. Climate has changed many times over the long history of the Earth. But always in response to a global force. The strongest force driving climate change right now is the increase in CO2 and the burning of fossil fuels, which is trapping more heat from the sun. All that additional energy has to go somewhere. Some of it warms the air. Most of it ends up in the oceans. All over the world, the oceans are getting warmer.”
The dog, DeGrasse Tyson says, represents weather’s frequent fluctuations because he darts around as they walk on the beach. But while he’s not able to predict what will catch his canine companion’s attention next, he said, he can predict the range of his “meandering” by holding the dog on a leash.
“We can’t observe climate directly; all we see is the weather,” DeGrasse Tyson says. “The average weather over the course of years reveals a pattern. I represent that long-term trend, which is climate. Keep your eye on the man, not the dog.”
The chaotic nature of weather, DeGrasse Tyson says, makes it impossible to predict, despite complaints by naysayers about the chances of a “global cooling.”
“That’s why those 10-day weather forecasts are useless,” DeGrasse Tyson says. “A butterfly flaps its wings in Bali, and six weeks later, your outdoor wedding in Maine is ruined.”
Mother Jones reported that the episode has more “powerful refutations” of arguments against climate change, including a segment in which DeGrasse Tyson discusses global warming’s effects in the Arctic. The series has already come under fire from creationists due to its emphasis on science over religious dogma.
Watch the video, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
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On Monday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to spin the news that President Donald Trump fired his pollsters after leaks revealed that they showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden in key states — and CNN's Erin Burnett smacked him down with Trump's own words.
"The internal polls are probably not so great," said Santorum. "I think he fired them because they leaked, and maybe he feels that they were somehow responsible for that leak. But he is right that you don't worry about early polls. I ran in 20 elections. Maybe with the exception of three or four, I was behind in every early poll at this point in time, and I won a bunch of elections. So the reality is there's a long way to go. And the president sometimes, I know this is going to shock you, overreacts to these things."
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Republicans are put in a difficult position by President Donald Trump's refusal to accept reality, a top GOP strategist explained on MSNBC on Monday.
Anchor Kasie Hunt played a clip of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempting to defend Trump's public statements that he could accept foreign election interference in hopes of being re-elected in 2020 despite his lousy poll numbers.
GOP strategist Michael Steel offered his analysis of the situation facing Republicans.
"This is the hardest thing for every surrogate of President Trump and every Congressional Republican to deal with," Steel explained. "His position is wrong. His position is indefensible. His position, even when he cleaned it up, wasn’t really right."
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"Executive privilege is this concept, Ari, that goes all the way back to the founding, the idea that presidents should have some zone of secrecy around them, to have confidential deliberations and decision making," said Katyal. "I've been in two different administrations and I would say particularly President Obama was really careful to make sure that he wouldn't invoke executive privilege unless absolutely necessary. He only invoked it once in eight years, even though many years he had Congress opposed to him in terms of being from the opposite party."