John Oliver, Bill Nye Hold A Real Climate Change Debate (VIDEO)

John Oliver has a message for those who are skeptical of scientists’ overwhelming consensus that humans are speeding up climate change: “Who gives a shit?”

“You don’t need people’s opinions on a fact,” Oliver said Sunday on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” “You might as well have a poll asking which number is bigger, 15 or 5? Or, do owls exist?”

The science behind climate change shouldn’t be up for debate, Oliver said, but since televised debates on climate science are often presented as “Bill Nye the Science Guy versus some dude” — or versus S.E. Cupp — viewers are misled into thinking the issue could go either way.

So if there must be a debate on climate science, Oliver said there’s only one mathematically fair way to go about it — packing three climate skeptics, Bill Nye and 96 other scientists into a room and then seeing which group drowns out the other.

Watch below, courtesy of HBO:

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