We all know Bill Nye, the decent and composed guy who has been teaching us about science for about twenty years. However, we witnessed the other side of Bill Nye on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight program where Bill Nye kept it real and sent a fierce message across talking about climate change crisis and how humans are accelerating it.
Bill Nye has always seemed like the person who wouldn’t get mad at you. What suits his persona more is disappointment where he would be so disappointed in you that it would actually hurt. However, on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight; Bill Nye made an appearance with guns blazing.
Oliver had a segment on climate change in the same week that the researchers in Hawaii have announced that the levels of Carbon Dioxide are same as that of three million years ago and rising. Oliver also pointed out US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) Green New Deal package that comprises of environmental regulations and green jobs programs.
He said, ‘To its eternal credit, the Green New Deal has succeeded in getting people talking, but that won’t mean anything unless that talk now turns to action. But you don’t have to just take that from me. Instead, I’m happy to say Bill Nye has actually agreed to drive the urgency home at this point by actually doing one of his enjoyable, lighthearted demonstrations.’
The program then cuts to Bill Nye with his trademark set-up that has become famous over his science television programs. Bill Nye said, ‘By the end of this century if temperatures keep rising, the average temperature on earth could go up another 4 to 8 degrees. What I’m saying is, the planet’s on f—ing fire.’ After this, he sets fire to the globe using a blow torch.
He then addresses the criticism that says that the Green New Deal is too costly by saying, ‘There are a lot of things we could do to put it out. Are any of them free? No, of course not! Nothing’s free, you idiots. Grow the f— up! You’re adults now. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12, but you’re adults now. This is an actual crisis, got it?’