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WATCH: Bill Nye’s debate with Marsha Blackburn shows how climate change denial is like creationism

Fresh off his debate exposing young earth creationists (leading to none other than Pat Robertson saying publicly that creationism is nuts), Bill Nye appeared on Meet the Press this morning to debate global warning denier and GOP Congresswoman Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

As most climate change deniers do, and even echoing the creationist argument, Blackburn claimed there is no scientific consensus on the subject, arguing that “you don’t make good laws, sustainable laws, when you’re making them on hypotheses, or theories, or unproven sciences.”

This prompted host David Gregory interrupt, pointing out that there is indeed such a scientific consensus.

Nye then chimed in with some simple science, saying that going from 320 to 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, something Blackburn called “very slight,” is actually a very big change in percentage terms — 30 percent according to Nye (it actually is a 25 percent increase).

“You are a leader,” Nye said to Blackburn. “We need you to change things, not deny what’s happening.”

“Neither he nor I are a climate scientist,” Blackburn noted during the debate. But as Nye observed, only one of them is a politician whose job is to use the information that we have at our disposal to better the world.

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  1. Holly Garner

    February 17, 2014 at 6:19 am

    daaafuuuuh? the benefits of carbon?

  2. Big Black Dog

    March 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Well, not all scientists are in agreement with Mr. Bill. Check out the link in “My Website”.

  3. Big Black Dog

    March 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Sorry, new to the board. Click on my username to get the link.

  4. Norm

    July 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Nope.

  5. Marcomatic

    July 23, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Big Black Dog, a swear word can’t express how much of an ignorant fuck you are.

  6. Tthreadgill

    December 7, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Consensus Black Dog. Over 95%. If you are part of the 5 %, I couldn’t give a damn what you think. I met a “so called” scientist once that tried to convince me the moon landings were faked. I’m a photography expert and destroyed his case piece by piece.

    95+ % puts you in the embarrassment category.

  7. david

    December 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Blackburn is a typical republican.

  8. david

    December 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Blackburn opposed healthcare too and anything positive to help the people of the state of Tennessee except for the very wealthy.

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