Bill Nye to Climate Change Deniers: You Can’t Ignore Facts Forever

Bill Nye (The Science Guy!) explains that climate change deniers and other anti-scientists are entitled to their opinion. But that doesn’t mean they get a seat at the table with the grown-ups. Bill is the CEO of the Planetary Society (http://planetary.org/).

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Transcript:
David Gregory: You’ve heard the President in drought-stricken California saying that these weather emergencies in effect, are creating the conditions that the government has to act.

Marsha Blackburn: David, I think that what it brings to mind is how we utilize the information that we have, and we all know. And I think that Bill would probably agree with this; neither he nor I are a climate scientist. He is an engineer and an actor, I am a member of Congress, and what we have to do is look at the information that we get from climate scientists. As you said…

Bill Nye: So she did something, which is very common in the climate denier community or whatever you would call it, is to talk about credentials. So, Marsha Blackburn, Representative in the US Congress from Tennessee said well I am a congresswoman and Bill you’re just a mechanical engineer so you’re not really a climate scientist. And what I would say is what we’re talking about in this level of climate science is you don’t need to be a full-time climate scientists to understand it. Furthermore, as far as my credentials everybody, I’m a mechanical engineer. I took a lot of physics. All I did was take physics, physics, physics, physics. And when you’re done with formal physics then you take mechanical engineering, which is just applied physics. I get it. I can understand what’s going on. We’re putting carbon dioxide in the air at a prodigious rate and the world is getting warmer and you can know this by looking at the neutrons in the ice. You can know this by looking at the pollen grains per cubic centimeter in the sediment of ponds. You can know this by looking carefully at the rings on trees during warm seasons, wet seasons, cold seasons, dry seasons, and you can work your way back and figure out that the earth is getting warmer faster than has ever gotten before.

And that’s the problem. It’s not that the world hasn’t had more carbon dioxide, it’s not the world hasn’t been warmer. The problem is the speed at which things are changing. We are inducing a sixth mass extinction event kind of by accident and we don’t want to be the extinctee, if I may coin this noun. So, I mean as far as Miss Blackburn, sounded like she had been coached on denial bullet points or talking points. And I very much enjoy taking those people on, but meanwhile it breaks my heart because we got work to do. And the fossil fuel industry has really gotten in their ears and it’s really troublesome. We’re the world’s most technically advanced country, or if the U.S. isn’t the most technically advanced it’s certainly in the top ten. I mean you could say Japan, New Zealand are very sophisticated societies. But the U.S. is where iPhone’s are invented, what have you, the Internet; it’s still a significant place. And so to have a generation of science students being brought up without awareness of climate change is just a formula for disaster. I mean this is, everybody kinda knows this.

So, I think, as an observer, and I may be wrong as I like to say, you may be right, as an observer it looks like the U.S.’s strength is its weakness. So people came here from all over the world for freedom to think and act the way they wanted, especially freedom of religion. So, we ended up with both the people who framed the Constitution, which is a fabulous thing, and people who asserted that the garden of Eden was in Missouri. And there’s no police for that sort of thing. You’re allowed to believe whatever you want. It’s great. But with that was this, for them, and I emphasize them, the other side, consequence of that was you could also ignore facts of science for a while and now it’s coming to a head. But man it’s really divisive, isn’t it? It’s really something.

That living things change from generation to generation through a process that Darwin and Wallace, Alfred Wallace called natural selection or descent with modification. Those are true things. Those are facts. Tectonic plates move and that’s a fact and the world is getting warmer because of human activity. That’s a fact. If you had somebody who really strongly believed the earth was flat, you wouldn’t have to have that person on a television show with the people who believe the earth is round.
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19 thoughts on “Bill Nye to Climate Change Deniers: You Can’t Ignore Facts Forever

  1. "You Can’t Ignore Facts Forever" – that is absolutely true. CO2 is not the reason for global warming – FACT.
    The world is getting cooler – FACT. Bill Nye does not present any evidence – FACT. The story on "Global Warming" is very profitable for Mr Nye – FACT.

  2. The fact is that we are in a Global Cooling period due to the reduced energy emitted by our sun due to a phase change from our star. As for Bill Nye, carbon dioxide does not cause warming but instead is nature's way of helping to cool the planet. Bill Nye is paid by a certain specific group to make his fraudulent claims. Bill Nye is Not a scientist but is a failed comic. His job is to either sell the global warming hoax while certain people buy up property in Florida, which will sky rocket in ten years when northerners fed up with cold snowy winters within the coming years get fed up and begin moving down south in droves.

  3. Humans believe what they are told on tv, don’t do research, unlike me, I did research about the so called “”hockey stick graph” and it’s not just that steep bit up, if you look further back it is like bumps, explain that m8ty

  4. Don't listen to this idiot. There's nothing wrong with the climate. The whole man-made climate change scare is a big scam.

  5. You will not find a biologist or possibly any scientist for that matter who will deny global warming. While climate change is natural and been taking course throughout our planets history, data shows the earths average surface temperatures as increase by 2 degrees since the 19th century. Data also shows the rapid melting of ice sheets, increasing in ocean levels, and increasing in ocean temperature.

  6. i know global warming is true and i believe its effect will be small for a long long time. (i like solar and electric cars) ((Not at the same time because as elon said it doesnt work)).

  7. Superior sumbitch huh? I believe the government – when have they ever lied to us FFS?, and when have scientists ever been wrong? (The coming ice age in the 1970s, oil reserves to run out by 1990, Y2K will turn our toasters into killer robots, the mega killer ozone layer). Whenever people with softly put sane and simple questions are pillaried or attacked for even thinking such then that raises a red flag to me. All of the forecast events from the Messiah Al Gore (peace be upon him) have come true huh?

  8. We better listen to Bill Nye and Al Gore guys. And even if the "97% consensus" is a fraudulent figure, we should definitely massively reduce our standards of living and give governments even more power to intervene in our economies. People wouldn't just invent an eminent catastrophe for the sake of grabbing political power. That's just denial.

  9. believe the opposite to what bill nye tells you, he is the ultimate goverment shill paid to feed us shit every day so they can extorrt us of billions of dollars

  10. Bill Nye is completely clueless. He does not understand the climate, and only cites anecdotal evidence. There are so many things which influence the climate which he doesn't take into account.

  11. To believe that one 25 hundredths of the atmosphere that is CO2, is the man made cause of GW, is absolutely absurd. You gotta have more than that BS to fool me. Only the most naive, unscientific dopes could believe this silliness. OK, with that being said, show me the starving polar bear pictures so I can better sympathize with you dummies!

  12. I cant ignore the fact that people have been brainwashed into a religious fervor ostensibly for the sake of “science”.

  13. I cant ignore the fact that people have been brainwashed into a religious fervor ostensibly for the sake of “science”.

  14. Nothing triggers the far right like the mention of climate change. Well, almost nothing…after all they are such 'sensitive' creatures. Yet, give them a good ole Bible quote and suddenly you have a coven of Einsteins. Until we find a cure or vaccination for conservatism, America will be lost in the throes of a stupidity epidemic from which it might never recover.

  15. The disembodied spirits of the giants(demons)inhabit the brain dead corpses,walking around posing as human beings.You can`t DENY FACTS.Freemasonsry/satanisim/atheism= aspergers and NO COMMON SENSE.The the technology comes from the fallen angels and demons,NOT asperger white boys.FACT.The real bible (the king ajmes)has been replaced with fake new world order bibles in most churches.WHY?It has SUPERNATURAL POWER to bring down the kingdom ofdarkness.Only for real beleiver in Jesus.Science is sorcery and magic,carried out by the fallen angels and demons.NOT ASPERGER white boys.

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