February 17, 2014
On NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, David Gregory hosted a climate change panel with Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to discuss the government’s role in fighting “climate change.” Nye said the solution lies in the U.S. Government doing more in order to “lead the world” in the fight.
We all have to acknowledge that we have a problem and I think it would be in everybody’s best interests. Now, I was born in the U.S., you know, I’m a patriot and so on. It would be in everybody’s best interest to get going, to just do as I like to say, “Everything all at once.”
So, the fewer very dirty coal-fired power plants we have the better. The less energy we waste the better. The less inefficient our transportation systems are, the better. The more reliable our electricity transmission systems are, the better.
And so we all get into this thing that big governments are bad. I know that’s a very strong claim that for me, as a voter and taxpayer, is somehow tied to climate change. But what we want to do is not just less. We want to do more with less. And for me, as a guy who grew up in the U.S., I want the U.S. to lead the world in this rather than wait.
What Nye is referencing there is waiting for other countries like China or the UK who are making their own strides in the fight against climate change while America could fall behind while debating its validity.
Nye said, “The more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”