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Bill Nye Scolds Climate Change Denying Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn


This Sunday on Meet the Press, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN) sat down with David Gregory to discuss the science of climate change and whether a correlation can be discerned between America's recent bouts of extreme weather and human created climate change. However, the conversation was stunted by Congresswoman Blackburn's apparent refusal to concede that climate change is real, man-made or possibly influencing weather events such as the Polar Vortex or the drought in California, as Time points out:

“Neither [Bill Nye] nor I are a climate scientist. 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,” said Blackburn. “There is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this.”

Nye was less than receptive to the congresswoman's introduction of "doubt" into the equation:

“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,” said Nye. “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...For me, as a guy who grew up in the U.S., I want the U.S. to lead the world in this,” he said. “These are huge opportunities, and the more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”

Get schooled, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh, man, a few generations from now we're going to be effed.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 18, 2014 2:33:43 PM

  2. I love Bill Nye.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 18, 2014 2:35:26 PM

  3. This whole conversation is demeaning to Nye. He shouldn't even be engaging with this yahoo.

    Posted by: Jerry | Feb 18, 2014 3:14:15 PM

  4. Blackburn is a freak extraordinaire!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 18, 2014 3:14:16 PM

  5. Gregory stacked the interview in favor of climate deniers by presenting one guest for and one against, giving the false impression that the two sides are equally valid and the debate is just he-said-she-said. If Gregory is going to give guests equal time, then when he has one climate denier, he needs to have 99 climate change advocates--all 100 guests having equal time--to reflect the true scientific consensus.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 18, 2014 3:14:56 PM

  6. I saw at the gym yesterday a segment on Fox News (couldn't look away) that discussed how the media is spending so much time on so-called "climate change" and how preposterous it was. I tell you, I'd like to get my hands on whatever s--t the people on Fox News smoke because it's clearly La La Land every day there.

    Posted by: Larry | Feb 18, 2014 3:19:59 PM

  7. @JJ: The problem is that the one climate denier happens to be a member of Congress who has the power to make/control legislation.

    Like it or not, her (embarrassingly wrong) opinion carries more weight.

    Posted by: alex | Feb 18, 2014 3:25:03 PM

  8. Sorry, but what does this have to do with LGBT news?

    Posted by: bernard | Feb 18, 2014 3:31:08 PM

  9. Sorry, but what does this have to do with LGBT news?

    Posted by: bernard | Feb 18, 2014 3:31:10 PM

  10. With the Republicans, it's all do what we want now and let subsequent generations pay the price. The Congresswoman has a look on her face as if she is so self-satisfied with her beliefs, nobody should attempt a discourse with her. Tragic.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 18, 2014 3:31:36 PM

  11. Some people simply are delusional, and she's one of them.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Feb 18, 2014 3:33:47 PM

  12. ok, but bill nye does look like a perky grasshopper...

    Posted by: Jason | Feb 18, 2014 3:39:22 PM

  13. She's right, neither are climate scientists. Why not have a climate scientist on the show or a congressman who believes in global warming? Nye is a general interest science advocate but it's lazy reporting to make him the go-to guy for scientific controversy.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 18, 2014 4:18:07 PM

  14. @Bernard, maybe you haven't noticed but the reports on Towleroad are not exclusively about LGBT news. Articles on Elaine Stritch, Jimmy Fallon, or Pussy Riot don't directly relate to LGBT issues either. This site is a hodgepodge of various news and entertainment stories, LGBT and non-LGBT alike.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 18, 2014 4:44:48 PM

  15. Better to be prepared for a storm that never comes, that be caught unprepared...

    Posted by: Chuck | Feb 18, 2014 4:57:00 PM

  16. Blackburn like the GOP is bought and paid for by oil money. They will never give in.

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 18, 2014 4:57:41 PM

  17. I love what George Will said this past weekend on ABC:
    "When it comes to this, you can be sure of two things when it comes to those claiming "the debate is over": number one, the debate is raging and number two, they're losing it."

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 18, 2014 5:10:13 PM

  18. wow, her face really doesn't match her neck.

    Posted by: woody | Feb 18, 2014 5:29:14 PM

  19. @BERNARD: do gay people not live on this planet called earth? What affects the world, affects gay people too. Do you live your life only being affected by gay issues? Such a narrow view of the world if all you see it through is your gay colored glasses.

    Having stories about issues that aren't necessarily gay related, but also of general interest to gay people has been part of this site since the beginning.

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 18, 2014 6:53:32 PM

  20. Everything changes. Even the climate.

    Posted by: Perry | Feb 18, 2014 6:59:36 PM

  21. It is ridiculous to believe that we can pillage the planet without consequences. Go Bill Nye!

    Posted by: tonyjazz | Feb 18, 2014 7:33:38 PM

  22. Here what I tell people who deny climate change:

    If I am wrong about climate change, the worst that happens will be spending money for a cleaner environment and the development of alternate power sources.

    If you are wrong about climate change, the worst that happens will be catastrophic destruction of parts of the Earth with millions of people being displaced, which will have vast geopolitical consequences.

    Are you really willing to take that risk?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 18, 2014 7:59:55 PM

  23. Even though I am not always the biggest fan of Bill Nye, but he is due kudos on this one as Marsha Blackman is one of most right wing Republicans that does NOT believe in science or legitimate research...She is not quite as stupid or rabid as Michele Bachmann, but she is close.......

    Posted by: Bernie | Feb 18, 2014 8:43:05 PM

  24. If we did a cost/benefit analysis on Congress they would not exist.

    Posted by: mdnc | Feb 19, 2014 7:29:28 AM

  25. The only place that such polarized divisiveness exists with respect to climate change is in America (surprise) and it's directly related to the two-party system. It's almost expected that if you're a conservative, or a Republican, that you'll be fundamentally opposed to climate change based solely on your political affiliation. Evidence and rationale can wait at the door.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 19, 2014 7:45:24 AM

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