Bill Nye is perhaps best known for his role as “The Science Guy” in both kids TV programs as well as in popular media across various channels. Now, Nye is scheduled to take up a debate on climate change with none other than former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.
The event, which Variety reports will take place on May 2, will be hosted by Fathom Events and SpectiCast. This is to promote the film Climate Hustle, which is a documentary that denies climate change exists.
UPROXX reports that Palin has already committed her support to the film and will be participating in the event opposite Bill Nye. The two will square off on whether or not climate change is actually taking place due to mankind’s influence on the environment.
Bill Nye will be firmly embedded within enemy territory at this debate with the likes of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) also participating in the debate alongside the filmmaker Marc Morano. The debate is scheduled to be moderated by Brent Bozell.
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It is pretty clear right from the onset that Palin denies the claims that scientists have made in regard to the effects that human beings are currently having on the environment, thus leading to climate change.
“I’m very passionate about this issue,” Sarah Palin told Variety. “We’ve been told by fearmongers that global warming is due to man’s activities and this presents strong arguments against that in a very relatable way.”
But Bill Nye disagrees in a very passionate way. Nye has gone on many media shows and has laid out his claims in the most scientific ways he knows how. He has also taken to social media to make videos that lay out the argument in favor of climate change.
“People who do not believe in American exceptionalism have made this into a campaign issue, so it’s vital that the other side be heard,” Palin told Variety. “I’m very pleased that this is written and spoken in layman’s terms. My dad taught science to fifth and sixth graders, and it was very important to him that science be presented in an understandable way.”
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This is not the first time Bill Nye has squared off with the religious right. He also famously took on Ken Hamm in 2014 and challenged him on the religious book of creation, which he famously expounded upon the tale of Noah’s Ark.
Hamm has also reportedly criticized Bill Nye for his stance on climate change in a blog post.
“Even on a live CNN television interview right after the debate between Bill Nye and me last year, I told him that I do not reject climate change,” Hamm wrote on his blog post. “But Bill refuses to acknowledge this because he wants people to believe creationists deny reality! The problem is that Nye denies that he is interpreting the evidence from a wrong foundation!”
Bill Nye will also have his hands full at this event when he squares off with Congressman Lamar Smith. Smith chairs the House Science Committee and has publicly accused the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of falsifying data for purposes of pushing the climate change agenda on behalf of scientists on the left, according to Raw Story.
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There have also been some conflicting reports about this event. Raw Story says that Bill Nye has not actually been invited to the event, but rather his videos will be shown at the event. That will give Palin and Smith a chance to tee off on the planetary scientist without his presence to defend his claims.
Apparently, this event is set to take place on “invite only” basis and Bill Nye will not have an option to show up unless he has been invited to the debate.
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