I really miss the simpler times. You know those days when you got to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy during class because your teacher forgot her morning whiskey in the coffee? Bill Nye was a god. A science god. A Bill Nye the Science God.
Now the only time I get to see Bill on the telly is when he argues with Creationists about whether or not humans used dinosaurs as taxis or other such endeavors. While this is still simple (though in a different way), it is not the kind of simple I can or want to compute.
Recently in this vein, Bill had the pleasure of debating climate change on Meet the Press with Republican Congresswoman and vice-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Marsha Blackburn. I had the not so pleasure of watching it.
I’ll just give you the basics in a cute little true or false situation. Blackburn made the arguments:
- There is no scientific consensus on climate change- False
- You can’t make laws when you’re basing them on unproven sciences- Ehhhhhhhh (see above actual consensus)
- All potential solutions to the climate problem must undergo short-term cost-benefit analysis - False (Bitch, have you SEEN The Day After Tomorrow? THERE IS NO TIME!)
- Continuing to use carbon is the way to go. – False (Do you think it’s comfy living in the pockets of energy companies? It seems like it would be).
- Bill Nye is not a climate scientist. True (but he does know how to read)
- The amount of carbon in the atmosphere is very slight. - False (Nothing says slight like a 25% increase)
Instead of listing Bill’s arguments, because I sort of just did… lemme give you some badazzzzz quotes from the Science Guy,
“As a guy who grew up in the US, I want the US to lead the world in this….The more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”
“So the fewer very dirty coal-fired power plants we have, the better. The less energy we waste, the better. The less inefficient our transportation systems are, the better. The more reliable our electricity transmission systems are, the better.”
( and my personal favorite directed right at Ms.Blackburn) “You are our leader, We need you to change things, not deny what’s happening.”
In the event of the end of the world due to this climate change situation, I’m building an ark. Let me know if you want in.