While speaking with CNN about Earth Day yesterday, March for Science Ambassador Bill Nye lashed out at the outlet for including in a panel a man whose viewpoint he disagrees with.
The Huffington Post, in an article lauding Nye’s actions, reports that Nye took offense with CNN’s inclusion of William Happer, a physicist who disputes the scientific consensus of carbon dioxide being a cause of climate change.
Instead of merely disagreeing with Happer’s viewpoint and presenting facts to support the more common argument that carbon dioxide does lead to climate change, Nye slammed the outlet for giving Happer a chance to speak.
“I will say, as much as I love CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” said Nye, apparently unaware of the very real logistic constraints of a television studio that would make having “97 or 98” people on a panel impossible.
Nye and Happer did go on to debate eventually, but Nye ultimately shut the conversation down by saying, “I encourage you to cut this out so that we can all move forward and make the United States a world leader in technology.”
See the exchange below.