Bill Nye In Heated Debate Over Climate ChangeBy: Ellisha Rader Mannering - February 17, 2014
Obama and Republicans in Congress are currently battling over environmental issues and carbon pollution imprints. While the Environmental Protection Agency has been urging Congress to pay more attention to climate change, many of the Republicans in Congress just don’t agree that it is a big issue and are hoping to ease up on pollution regulations related to climate control.
Bill Nye is one of the many scientists who are trying to educate Congress on climate change issues. Billy Nye has been in several heated debates with Congress members, including Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. According to Nye, over 97% of all scientists believe that the planet is warming up as a result of green house gas emissions, deforestation and other pollution problems brought on by humans. Global warming is leading to climate change, which can lead to severe problems for all inhabitants of earth.
Bill Nye and Marsha Blackburn argued back and forth on Sunday about the issue.
“There is no debate in the scientific community. And I encourage the congresswoman to look at the facts,” Nye said during the debate. “We need you to change things, not to deny what’s happening.”
“Neither [Bill Nye] nor I are a climate scientist,” Blackburn said. “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,” Blackburn added, referring to recent weather conditions.
Nye countered her comments 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.”
Both parties brought up good points during the debate, and it will ultimately be up to the president and Congress to decide on pollution regulations and environmental issues. Although Nye may not have been able to bring Blackburn over to his side, he may have changed the opinions of other Congress members enough to make a difference in what they decide.
Which side to do you think is right in the debate?
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