Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ripped into Bill Nye “The Science Guy” Thursday at a Capitol Hill event, calling him an entertainer who harms kids by telling them global warming is man-made.
“Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am,” Palin said at a Washington, D.C. event held in anticipation of the upcoming global warming-centered film “Climate Hustle.” “He’s a kids’ show actor, he’s not a scientist.”
Palin, who was a vice presidential candidate in 2008, advised parents to train their kids to question the kinds of beliefs shared by Nye, who became popular in the 1990s for hosting a children’s television show called “Bill Nye The Science Guy.”
Nye was previously interviewed by Marc Morano, the founder of climate change skeptic website Climate Depot, for the upcoming film “Climate Hustle,” which seeks to document the history of views on climate change.
The entertainer turned global warming guru said he favors the idea of “jailing” people who are skeptical of the belief that humans cause climate change.
“For me as a taxpayer and voter,” Nye told Morano during the interview. “The introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen.”
Palin, for her part, took time to rebut some of the things Nye said in the Morano interview, including the implication that people who question the view that Earth is hanging by a thread due to warming temperatures caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
“I’m all about mankind. I want life to be better for mankind and that takes development of our natural resources. That’s what allowed America to become exceptional,” she said.
She went on to claim people sometimes criticize her for “pushing progress and development too aggressively.” One way to progress as a society and to maintain a prosperous economy, she said, is to develop natural resources.
Palin mostly shied away from talking politics at the event, she did talk briefly about her belief that the presidential candidates should talk more about “alarmism.”
“It’s something that our candidates should be talking about, and giving us their view on and hopefully acknowledging that it needs to become, in the science community, less political,” the former Alaska governor said about politicization of climate science.
She continued: “Otherwise, it leads us to believe that so many things coming from perhaps the scientists could be bogus. If this is bogus, you know, what else are they trying to tell us and trying to control us around if they can’t get this one right?”
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