Bill Nye: Big Oil To Blame For Climate-Change Skepticism

by Betsy Woodruff

This morning, Meet the Press hosted a discussion about climate change between Bill Nye of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” fame and Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican. During their conversation, Nye argued that Big Oil is responsible for doubt over the science of global warming.

“This is unscientific, it is not logical,” he said. “It is a way, apparently, that the fossil-fuel industry has dealt with our politics. And this is not good.”

Representative Marsha Blackburn responded by arguing that the warming has been “very slight” and that, even if Nye’s arguments were all correct, that wouldn’t mean progressive policy proposals would fix the identified problems. 

“Even Director McCarthy from the EPA in answering questions from Congressman Pompeo before our committee said reaching all of the 26 U.S. goals is not going to have an impact globally,” Blackburn said. “What we have to look at is the fact that you don’t make good laws, sustainable laws, when you’re making them on hypotheses or theories or unproven sciences.” 

During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in September, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo that the EPA couldn’t make “direct connections” about the efficacy of its regulations. Here’s video of that exchange:

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