Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” who supports the proven science of man-made climate change, debated science skeptic Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The program's host David Gregory asked if this was the time to act on global warming (video below).
Gregory was referring to President Obama's call for a $1 billion fund in the 2015 budget to help cities prepare for the effects of climate change and fund research, noted The Washington Post.
Nye said that "new technologies" would help address climate change and add jobs in America, but Rep. Blackburn said Nye was not a climate scientist, called him an "actor" and tried to cast doubt on man-made climate change, noted RawStory.com (video below).
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Rep. Blackburn is the vice chair of the GOP-controlled House Energy and Commerce Committee, which voted in Jan. to deny that man-made global warming exists, reported ThinkProgress.org.
“You don’t need a PhD in climate science to understand what’s going on, that we have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing." added Nye. "That you cannot tie any one event to that is not the same as doubt about the whole thing.”
Rep. Blackburn kept up her anti-science assertions mixed with doubt, but Nye responded, “Once again, the congresswoman is trying to introduce doubt. You are a leader. We need you to change things, not deny what’s happening.”