Comment sections are always fun places, especially when impassioned issues are involved. But usually, the back and forths of keyboard bashing quickly fade into the white noise of the Internet. So you know when NASA shows up in the comment section of a post about climate change to tell you you’re wrong, it’s probably time to call it a day.
NASA’s comments came after Bill Nye posted a story about himself asking a prominent climate change denier to put his money where his mouth is. Nye, “the science guy,” offered two $20,000 bets to leading climate change denier Marc Morano, during an interview Morano himself had requested, that this year will be in the top 10 hottest years on record and this decade will also be the hottest on record. Alas, Morana declined the wagers.
Unsurprisingly, Nye posting the story to his Facebook page created a rumble and summoned the keyboard-wielding trolls to the comments section below the article. Perhaps after a late-night binge on YouTube conspiracy videos, many people accused NASA of being a leading voice in promoting the “scam” of man-made climate change by skewing figures and lying to the public about its data. A few commenters also wrongly cited, or just simply made up, some previous claims of NASA.
In a rebuttal, the NASA Climate Change Facebook page begun commenting back in a cool, calm and bluntly straight-to-the-point fashion to set the record straight. They even brought charts and everything.