Bill Nye — or Bill Nye, The Science Guy if you grew up in the 90s — has been less high-profile in recent years, but the science guru has come back into the limelight to support incumbent Barack Obama in his 2012 bid to retain his presidency.
Bill Nye has been a vocal supporter of Barack Obama in the past, but, this time around, Nye says the stakes — particularly in science — are far higher than they’ve been in the past.
And it seems, to a degree, to be true. While science has historically had its share of detractors, it seems a more organized and indirect push against science and reason over faith and politics is occurring in the US than may have been present in the past.
Nye, who has also spoken out about discontinuing the space program and its deleterious effect on general innovation morale in the US, says now more than ever is a time to side with science as the US struggles to retain its competitive edge in the world.
Nye says the coming election is the most important in many decades and explains:
“This is the most important election of my life and I believe we’re at a crossroads, a turning point… We can either move forward, especially in education, or backward. I think voters have a clear choice, so I’m supporting the president.”
Earlier this summer, Nye spoke about the cuts to science budgets and their effects, saying:
“We gotcha, budgets are being cut, budgets are being pulled back, yes, yes, all good… But investment in space stimulates society, it stimulates it economically, it stimulates it intellectually, and it gives us all passion.”
Nye has appeared at several campaign events to support President Obama in his bid for re-election.