Bill Nye (The Science Guy) has been stirring up all kinds of trouble lately. Not only did he defend the theory of evolution against Ken Ham, in early February, now he is in a battle with Republican Representative and vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Marsha Blackburn over the concept of global warming.
The two argued over the most appropriate response to the increasing climate changes during NBC’s Meet the Press. Blackburn's argument surrounded the views of Richard Lindzen of MIT and Judith Curry of Georgia Tech, who believe that humans are not the reason for the climate changing.
“Neither Bill Nye nor I are a climate scientist," Blackburn stated. "He is an engineer and actor, I am a member of Congress. And what we have to do is look at the information that we get from climate scientists. There is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this.”
According to NASA, 97 percent of climate scientists believe that there is a link between humans and the climate changes. Although human activity may not be the cause of extreme weather disturbances, most scientists believe that humans do contribute to the effects on global warming.
Nye debated Blackburn's statement by saying: “We have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing. That you cannot tie any one event to that is not the same as doubt about the whole thing. There is no debate in the scientific community. I encourage the Congresswoman to really look at the facts. You are our leader. We need you to change things, not deny what’s happening.”
Blackburn then commented on the costs of implementing new laws and regulations, regarding climate change. “One of the things that we have to remember is cost-benefit analysis has to take place,” said Blackburn. “And it is unfortunate that some of the federal agencies are not conducting that cost-benefit analysis.”
Nye stood firm in his belief that the United States needs to invest in new technologies to counteract the changes to our current climate. “For me, as a guy who grew up in the U.S., I want the U.S. to lead the world in this,” Nye said. “These are huge opportunities, and the more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”
Watch the full debate below:
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