Continuing his recent debate tour, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” appeared on “Meet the Press” this week to discuss climate change. His opponent was Marsha Blackburn, a six-term republican congresswoman and a disbeliever in the substantial evidence pointing to climate change and the role of human contribution in extreme weather.
In spite of the recent snow storms, record low temperatures, heat waves and drought faced by different regions of the U.S., the congresswoman seemed hesitant to directly breach the essence of the climate change issue. Instead, she focused the debate on questioning Nye’s credentials and labeling him as an “actor.” Blackburn also spent time doubting whether the scientific community was in agreement about the issue of climate change and what actually qualifies as “a lot” of carbon dioxide in the air.
As unusual as it is for a man of science to engage opponents whose denial of evidence is so firm and whose opinions are so deeply engrained, Nye is determined to continue his debating series in an attempt to spread awareness of this critical issue. In response to Blackburn’s questions, Nye said “there is no debate in the scientific community. And I can encourage the congresswoman to really look at the facts. You are a leader. We need you to change things, not deny what’s happening.”
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