President Obama and Bill Nye Sit Down to Talk About Climate Change

by JULIE PODCZASKI

In his seventh State of the Union Address in January 2015, President Barack Obama made his strongest case yet for combating global warming. Shocking many Americans, Mr. Obama stated that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.

In light of climate change deniers, President Obama made a remark that probably made you laugh, although it was fact.

“I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what – I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities.”

To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, President Obama was joined by one of those “really good scientists” Bill Nye the “Science Guy” in Florida’s scenic Everglades National Park.

obama bill nye
Courtesy of: The Washington Post

Just before sitting down with Bill Nye, President Obama announced his administration is investing millions in new funding to protect our parks and another initiative to help farmers, ranchers and forest land owners reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.

Together, the two prominent figures mocked members of Congress who deny that human activity has contributed little to climate change.

“If you increase the amount of carbon dioxide, the planet’s going to get warmer,” Nye says. “So the president and I sat and talked about all of this. The Everglades, Nye says, are “a one of a kind on the Earth’s surface.”

Obama argued, “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.”

You can watch the full interview here:

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