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Politics Bill Nye testifies before Homeland Security subcommittee on climate change

00:10  11 june  2021
00:10  11 june  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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  Bill Nye to Congress: 'I'm scared too' about climate change Testifying before the House Committee on Homeland Security on Tuesday, Bill Nye told lawmakers that he was “scared too” about climate change, and that the U.S. needed to “invest in a big way” to solve the problem. Nye, whose public television program “Bill Nye the Science Guy” has helped educate children in the U.S. on a wide range of scientific topics, testified on his own behalf. Asked by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, how the nation could address climate change when so many people did not believe it was real, Nye recounted his own dealings with skeptics. “I’ve fought this for 30 years: trying to get people to accept the science of climate change.

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Nye likened the threat of climate change to a scenario in which "Russian hackers attacked the Colonial Pipeline while a hurricane was coming ashore." The television personality, who claims to be a scientist even though he does not hold an advanced degree, said policies in the United States are "inadvertently" controlling the weather.

“Greenhouse gases are inducing climate change on Earth, and it’s happening now on larger and larger scales," he told lawmakers. "We’re seeing bigger storms, more floods, more droughts, more fires, more loss of shoreline, and more businesses and people displaced as the ocean swells.”

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“It turns out we are controlling the weather. Inadvertently, by accident, we are controlling the weather, and we got to cut it out," he added.

Some state leaders also "are working to try to suppress votes," Nye said.

"We got to make sure that the next election is secure," he said. "If we end up with a situation in the U.S. where we have minority rule, through gerrymandering, through these extraordinary laws that people are trying to pass, it's going to be trouble for everybody. ... It's not in anyone's best interest to not have everybody's vote count, and it certainly looks like people are working to try to suppress votes."

Nye has been the subject of criticism from conservatives. In 2017, he was lambasted for suggesting that older "climate change deniers" need to die off.

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"Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational," he said at the time.

"We're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out,' as they say," Nye said, adding that "age out" is a euphemism for death. "But it'll happen. I guarantee you that'll happen."

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He was criticized in 2019 for lighting a globe on fire and hurling profanity to describe how serious he was about climate change.

"By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another 4 to 8 degrees," Nye said. "What I'm saying is — the planet's on f***ing fire. There are a lot of things we could do to put it out. Are any of them free? No. Of course not. Nothing's free, you idiots. Grow the f*** up. You're not children anymore. I didn't mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12, but you're adults now, and this is an actual crisis. Got it?"

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