Bill Nye
by lindastcyr
Categories: Causes, Environment, Science
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Photo: Ed Schipul/ Wikimedia Commons

Bill Nye the Science Guy, a scientist and educator, was asked about President Obama’s stance on climate change and his relative silence on the subject. Nye told CNN that if he was “disappointed,” it was the media he was “disappointed” with for not asking the candidates questions about the environment.

He said, “I think if the media asked him, asked both of these people who are running for president of the United States, about climate change, they’d have to respond.”

Nye followed up this thought saying, “The environment is a very important issue. I guess, if I understand this, it’s fallen by the wayside for a few months while we talk about the economy.” Nye made it clear that he believes part of fixing the economy is addressing climate change issues associated with the environment.

He said, “I hope we ask questions of all the politicians: ‘how do you feel about the environment, how does it fit into your economic plan?’ In general, I will claim, I don’t think this is extraordinary, when the quality of your environment goes down your quality of life goes down, especially the economics. When you can’t get water to cool power plants, when you can’t get water to water your crops and feed people, it stresses everybody and makes the economy not do as well.”

President Obama told Rolling Stone in April that he believed that climate change would become part of his campaign and that he would become more vocal about the steps he believes need to be taken to address climate change.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, doesn’t really want to address climate change issues. In October of 2011, Romney touched on the subject with Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . He said, “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.”

Scientists don’t want to blame all extreme weather cases on climate change but many scientists are beginning to see a clear connection. A U.N. report to be released in 2014 will discuss the impacts of climate change and the rise of extreme weather events.

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Linda St.Cyr is a writer, blogger, activist, and short story author. When she isn’t writing or raising her kids with her life partner, she is busy being vocal about feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and bringing attention to human rights violations all over the world.

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  • Jamo11

    Obama doesn’t know anything about climate change. Even assuming climate change is man made, which it may not be, the larger parts of the problem are deforestation and excessive pavement. Forests sink the carbon and without them it builds up. Pavement re-radiates heat into the atmosphere where it has a second chance at capture. Cap and trade deals with CO2 emissions which the forests would capture if they were standing and so that’s less of the problem. Cap and trade is stricktly political and will do nothing.