Bill Nye the Science Guy has concluded that climate change “deniers” suffer from psychological delusions.
The popular television personality and science educator wrestled the topic of man-made global warming with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, arguing that climate change skeptics suffer from a condition called “cognitive dissonance.”
“The evidence for climate change is overwhelming, so we’re looking for an explanation for why you guys are having so much trouble with it,” Nye said, on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Monday. Earlier in the day, Nye had teamed up with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for a Facebook Live conversation on climate change.
Nye slammed climate change skeptics who refuse to accept the “settled point” that human activity is causing global warming at a “catastrophically fast” rate and denying “overwhelming” evidence that proves this.
“The essence of science is extreme skepticism,” Carlson pushed back, explaining that while he can accept that climate change is occurring, it is up to Nye and others advocating man-made effects to prove to what degree human activity is responsible for global warming.
The discussion escalated quickly as Carlson continued to press Nye for a direct answer to his question about the extent of man’s effect on the climate. Nye attempted several times to offer scientific sounding answers about the Ice Age and the “rate” of change but seemed aggravated that he was being asked for a simple answer, even though he argued that that scientists have conclusively settled the issue.
“I claim I do have the answers,” Nye responded when Carlson countered that he was asking honest questions that Nye couldn’t answer.
“You’re using the language of politics,” an exasperated Carlson said. “You’re not a scientist! You’re a popularizer.”
After one more round of Nye’s explanations, Carlson wrapped up the segment, pointing out that skeptics are the ones who are open-minded, not scientists.
“So much of this you don’t know! You pretend that you know, but you don’t know. And you bully people who ask you questions,” he said.
“Carry on, Mr. Carlson,” Nye responded. “I’m sure we will cross paths again.”
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