SpongeBob SquarePants Climate Change Controversy

I didn’t believe it when I first heard it, and I am still amazed that they devoted a section about this on Fox & Friends, but according to them Spongebob Squarepants is indoctrinating your children and just telling one side of the global warming controversy:

Fox and Friends on the Sponge Bob Conspiracy

If you didn’t catch it, this is what they Steve Doocey said:

Ok, so what happened July 20, the Department of Education invited a bunch of DC kids in and they had this festivity and they handed out these particular Nickelodeon books where clearly Nickelodeon is pushing a global warming agenda, and while there’s no disputing the fact that the Earth is getting a little warmer the big question is, is it man-made or is it just one of those gigantic climactic phases you know phases that were going? For a while we’re cold and then we get warmer and then we colder and then we get warmer. Which one is it? The science on both sides, there are a lot of scientists who say it’s this, others say it’s that. […]

Now the detail is that this SpongeBob short is 6 years old, it was aired for the first time on TBS in 2005. And has been available online since February 2006. But their main beef was with the book “SpongeBob Goes Green: An Earth Friendly Adventure” that was handed out by the Department of Education. A book that was released in 2009… But they also left out a very important detail, this short isn’t part of the regular SpongeBob show. So I find it a bit odd that they are spending this much attention to something that has been released years ago.

And about their claim that scientists are divided on wether global warming is manmade: they aren’t. A 2009 poll of earth scientists found that 82% of them agree with the statement that human activity been a significant factor in changing mean global temperatures. Which is even higher with 97% among climatologists. Which was in 2010 again confirmed by a paper released by Anderegg.

Fox news gets the science behind climate change wrong time and time again and often becomes quite silly because of it. And I’m amazed that people still trust them on anything.

SpongeBob SquarePants in The Endless Summer:

Spongebob Squarepants in The Endless Summer

Collin Maessen is the founder and editor of Real Skeptic and a proponent of scientific skepticism. For his content he uses the most up to date and best research as possible. Where necessary consulting or collaborating with scientists.