Nye used cold hard facts to destroy skeptic’s claims
Bill Nye loves two things: science and bow ties. He was defending the honor of both this past Earth Day when he had to shut down a climate change skeptic on CNN.
Nye, who is beloved for his ’90s-era PBS series “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” was on the cable news network to talk about the Science March, which he has been an outspoken supporter of and attended. A CNN producer thought the world also needed to hear the theories of another man – retired Princeton physicist and Trump supporter William Happer, who most scientists do not agree with when it comes to climate change.
“I will say, as much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” Nye said. Why did our favorite science aficionado suggest almost 100 scientists appear? Because nearly 100 percent of scientists agree that global warming is happening and that it’s because how shitty humans treat the planet. From NASA: “Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research demonstrates that the greenhouse gasses emitted by human activities are the primary driver.”
Happer claimed carbon dioxide is not a pollutant because humans breathe it out. He suggested we should ignore what nearly every climate scientist has proven to be true because if humans are involved then surely it must be good. Nope. Not how science works, buddy. He then went on to say that the “demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.” Also, not how that works. Pro tip for the Trump team, since you folks clearly don’t understand what the Holocaust was, stop bringing it up in conversations.
When CNN circled back around with Happer to give him another chance to deny climate change Nye stepped in. “That’s completely wrong. Say what you will, but you have it absolutely wrong.” And just to clarify once again that no one is an agreement with Happer, Nye added: “This is not controversial in mainstream science, everybody.”
Let’s sing it all together now: Bill, Bill, Bill, — Bill Nye the Science Guy.