Why, didn’t you know, America, that the Founders were so far reaching that they put global warming funding right in the U.S. Constitution? Well, that is what Bill Nye the not-so-sciencey guy is claiming, anyway.
The guy who plays a scientist on TV, but actually has no science degrees at all, told Vox.com that the U.S. Constitution makes provisions to fund science, so being anti-global warming means you hate the founders… or something.
Here is what Bill Nye the actor guy told Vox:
When you have people denying this basic process, and how we all got here, it’s offensive to me intellectually. And I happen to think it’s unpatriotic. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution says the government shall “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” So if you’re a politician looking to derail the progress of science, I think you’re not doing your job.
I want voters and taxpayers to recognize this. Do you really want to vote for somebody who doesn’t believe in the scientific method — and doesn’t believe that we defeated smallpox? Do you really want that person running your government?
Of course, this is all built on a lie. The U.S. Constitution says no such thing.
Here is what the article in question really says:
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
…To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries
In other words, Congress is not to directly pay for science but to allow scientists to benefit financially from their discoveries by being given rights to their inventions. This is so that others won’t steal their idea and so that the thought of making money off an invention or discovery will act as an enticement to those who invent and discover to do more inventing and discovering.
In other words, it was a capitalist clause, not a “science” clause.
Once again, we see this liar Nye, who only has an engineering degree not any degree in science, using every means at his disposal to push his socialist religion to the detriment of real science.