WATCH: Obama, Bill Nye Rip Climate Change Deniers In Congress

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President Obama and Bill Nye criticized members of Congress who deny that human activity has contributed to climate change during a Friday interview in the Florida Everglades about the environment and science education.

Obama lamented “members of Congress being part of the climate-denier clubs and basically stiff-arming what we know are facts, and not rebutting them with other facts, but rebutting them with anecdote or just being dismissive.”

“And ‘Oh, I’m not a scientist,'” Nye added, referencing Republicans who refuse to take a stance on climate change by stating that they are not scientists.

“I’m not a scientist, either, but I know a lot of scientists,” Obama responded. “I have the capacity to understand science. I have the capacity to look at facts and base my conclusions on evidence. And part of shifting our political culture, I think, is we’ve gotta model for our kids that facts matter.”

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  1. Never fear, though, apparently Senator Inhofe is no longer as big a denier of Climate Change as he use to be.

    Either that or he’s supporting nuclear power after a fracking induced earthquake tried to destroy his house.

  2. Teaching science for non-majors at a community college the students so often say they aren’t ‘science people’, and believe they can’t do it. That comes from a childhood of being told you can’t. Science education at the elementary level need a drastic overhaul, and it needs it now. Nothing would destroy the GOP faster than a science-literate population.

    I can also tell you that with the right push, scientific curiosity can be resparked in older students, but it needs to be reinforced. I only have my students for maybe two classes. When they leave my class they are all excited about science, and some stick with it. But I know the bulk of them lose it after about a semester of no reinforcement. Makes me sad.

  3. You mean the guy who just two months ago threw a snowball on the Senate floor to prove climate change wasn’t real? I think he’s as much of a denier as he ever was.

  4. Apparently he recently said something about how we have to support nuclear power because of climate change…but then again, I suspect he’s scared of losing his house in an earthquake and wants to support nuclear power so that we can stop fracking.

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