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Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” battles it out on CNN about Climate change

Bill Nye on Crossfire debating Climate Change

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” on Crossfire debating climate change(www.motherjones.com)

Obama’s high profile roll out of the National Climate Assessment was recently released.

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The National Climate assessment delivered by Obama confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the U.S.

It’s also affecting key sectors of the national economy.

Certain types of extreme weather events have links to climate change and have become more frequent and intense including prolonged periods of heavy rain, heat, and in some places floods and drought.

Global warming is also causing sea level to rise and glaciers and artic sea ice to melt. Therefore, oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb more carbon dioxide.

In the wake of this report certain media outlets handled the information in their own way but CNN decided to host a debate on the acclaimed television show “Crossfire” with Bill Nye “The Science Guy”.

In the beginning of the heated debate, Bill could hardly get a word in as he battled conservative host S.E. Cupp who stated that the White House is engaging in environmental “scare tactics” and then went on to accuse “science guys” of bullying the public into believing it was a problem.

The real bullying was happening among the conservatives of the panel because right after Cupp finished Nick Loris of the Heritage Foundation jumped in saying that humans are responsible for “some ” of the climate changes taking place.

“I’m not a denier, I’m not a skeptic,” but also added, “we’ve had Artic ice globally increasing” and that “we’ve had this 16-17 year old hiatus in warming.”

Nye replied to this astutely saying, “Let’s just start with saying we agree to disagree on the facts. This third report came out saying it’s very serious. You say, ‘No’. Right? There’s the essence of the problem.”

The debate continues but moves toward green house gases and if it’s a serious problem why aren’t we spending the money to shut down.

Nye later says, “Here’s our problem everybody. We have to agree on the facts.

“My understanding listening to you(Loris) now, you don’t think this it is a very serious problem. You don’t think 400 parts per million that we have this year is a big problem, and certainly not worth shutting down.”

Loris and Cupp both respond to this saying there are more pressing needs like world hunger and heart disease. Cupp asks Nye, “I want you to look me in the eye and tell me in good conscious that climate change is our most urgent, No. 1 priority right now?

Nye responds, “Climate change is our No.1 priority right now.”


Matt Robertson obtained a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA in Museum Studies from Morgan State University in Baltimore. Robertson's a major sports enthusiast, avid golfer, passionate Jets fan and enjoys surfing. He's also a talented barista. Follow him on Facebook/MattRobertson and on Instagram @gingerbeardedbarista.

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