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Bill Nye Battles CNN Host in Climate Change Discussion

 
Posted May 7th, 2014 @ 2:37pm

Yesterday, the White House came out with a new report on Climate Change warning that the effects of Greenhouse Gases are already taking place and action needs to be made. We have already seeing record high temperatures in the summer and record lows in the winter with more and more instances of flooding, wildfires and droughts.

Public science figures like Bill Nye and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson are trying to spread the word to encourage environmental change.

Nye appeared on CNN yesterday to discuss Climate Change, as seen in the video above; the interview turned tense quickly.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is doing his part by using his network science show, Cosmos, to get the word out. Tyson finally tackled the issue head-on in this Sunday's episode which aired Sunday on FOX.

Tyson stated this in Cosmos:

"We just can't seem to stop burning up all those buried trees from way back in the carboniferous age, in the form of coal, and the remains of ancient plankton, in the form of oil and gas. If we could, we'd be home free climate wise. Instead, we're dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate the Earth hasn't seen since the great climate catastrophes of the past, the ones that led to mass extinctions. We just can't seem to break our addiction to the kinds of fuel that will bring back a climate last seen by the dinosaurs, a climate that will drown our coastal cities and wreak havoc on the environment and our ability to feed ourselves. All the while, the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us, more than we will ever need. Why can't we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's our excuse?"

 
 

 

What's frustrating about this is that we have seen report after report for the past decade or so warning us of the effects of Climate Change yet this issue is still being debated as though the science is still unsure. The science is in and Climate Change is happening whether you choose to believe it or not.

John Holdren, who directs the White House Science and Technology Policy, had this to say on the report:

"Climate change is not a distant threat. It already is affecting every region of the country and key sectors of the economy."

Read the full National Climate Report

Finally, 'Cosmos' Takes On Climate Change

 

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