Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin does not think Science Guy Bill Nye is a real scientist. She claimed Nye is not an expert when it comes to global warming during an appearance on Capitol Hill, The Hill reported.
Palin, a climate-change skeptic, has recently backed a documentary denying the existence of global warming and, during the screening of the controversial film, she accused Nye of being an “alarmist.”
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“Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am,” the former Republican vice presidential nominee said during a screening of Climate Hustle put together by Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT). “He’s a kids’ show actor, he’s not a scientist.”
Sarah Palin is accusing Bill Nye and the scientific community of causing fear among people by claiming humans are contributing to the Earth’s rising temperature.
The former governor’s comments came after an initial screening of Climate Hustle, a new anti-global warming documentary that seeks to “debunk[s] the myth and hype about man-made global warming.”
In a recent interview with Variety, Palin expressed her eagerness to be part of this project. “I’m very passionate about this issue. 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,” the politician told the website.
The film will also be screened nationwide in select theaters on May 2. After the screening, a panel discussion will follow, and Sarah Palin is set to participate in the panel.
Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center, will serve as the moderator. Some of the important attendees include Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. The recorded discussion will air during the film’s nationwide screening.
It was initially reported that Bill Nye would also be taking part in the debate alongside the former governor, but it was revealed the Science Guy had not been not invited to be included in the panel. Instead, a video of his interview was reportedly included in the documentary.
A clip from the interview showed Nye saying he was willing to bet Morano that 2016 would be among the warmest years ever recorded and that this decade will be one of the hottest decades on record. Morano reportedly said he believes the figures but thought they are “meaningless.”
According to reports, 2015 was the warmest year ever recorded. A 2009 University of Illinois study said humans are a major contributor to global warming.
“I can see where people are very concerned about this and are pursuing criminal investigations as well engaging in discussions like this,” Nye reportedly said in Morano’s film. “They’re keeping us from getting to work; they’re holding us back.”
Palin, who is vocal about her support for drilling for oil and natural gas, defended herself, “Some people would say I’m pushing progress and development too aggressively, certainly not holding anybody back, I want people to work, I want people to produce.”
In 2014, the former Alaska governor uploaded a video from her Sarah Palin Channel expressing her skepticism about global warming. She says in the video: “no one has proven that these changes are caused by anything done by human beings via greenhouse gasses.” Sarah Palin also wants people to challenge claims from Nye and the scientific community.
Bill Nye studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University. He also worked as an engineer at Boeing and has served as the vice-president and executive director of the Planetary Society. Apart from that, he also took part in designing sundials for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Project.
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