Bill Nye Talks About Climate Change And Wildfires, Defends Himself After CNN Reporter Calls Him ‘Kooky’
It seems Bill Nye won’t ever be able to escape his playful, comedic past.
In a interview with CNN, the “Science Guy” suggested climate change was to blame for the recent wildfires. But one reporter questioned his credibility on the topic, suggesting some may view him as “the kooky guy that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Though Nye isn’t a climatologist, he says graphs and recent events pretty much speak for themselves.
“We have record-high temperatures; we have enormous fires in Colorado; we have tornadoes in Michigan, Brooklyn; we had a 30-degree temperature drop in Maryland and Virginia…,” he said during the interview.
But according to research, Nye’s projections might not be that preposterous.
For nearly 25 years, researchers have been predicting climate change would bring about severe conditions, including heat waves, droughts, wildfires and powerful storms, the Associated Press reports.
Now, experts are seeing some of those predictions carry themselves out.
“What we’re seeing really is a window into what global warming really looks like… It looks like heat. It looks like fires. It looks like this kind of environmental disasters,” theAP quoted Michael Oppenheimer, a geosciences and international affairs professor at Princeton University, as saying.
Although scientists cannot yet say for certain whether climate change is directly related to a single event of extreme weather, they can suggest some sort of relation “as long as it is framed in terms of probability,” Reuters reports.
Nye has spoken about climate change several times before.
Last year, he discussed the relationship between climate change and extreme weatherwith Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne.He also appeared on the “The Rachel Maddow Show” in 2010 to combat claims that suggested snowstorms disproved the concept of global warming.
In addition, the science educator recently addressed graduates at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., and told them to take an active role in putting a stop to global warming.
Clarification: The reporter’s comments were in reference to how some viewers might perceive Bill Nye. This piece has been edited to better express that information.