Oklahoma Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, the White House’s choice to head NASA, will bring Bill Nye “The Science Guy” to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address at the end of the month.
The choice raised some eyebrows, given Nye’s politics, but the former children’s TV host also heads the Planetary Society, which is the world’s largest space exploration advocacy group. The Planetary Society lobbies Congress to fund NASA space programs.
“It is an honor to have ‘The Science Guy’ as my guest at the State of the Union Address,” Bridenstine said in a statement released on Thursday.
In recent years, Nye has taken to attacking those he disagrees with on global warming science. Nye’s suggested global warming skeptics should be jailed and that those who question climate claims would die out because they tend to be older.
President Donald Trump tapped Bridenstine to head NASA. Bridenstine’s nomination was opposed by environmentalists and Democrats who didn’t like his position on man-made global warming. Opponents also pointed out that Bridenstine is not a scientist.
The Senate did not approve of Bridenstine’s nomination last year. Regardless, Nye said he hopes Trump will lay out an aggressive space exploration agenda in his speech.
“The Congressman is the nominee to be the next Administrator of NASA, and as I often say, NASA is the best brand the United States has,” Nye said. “This means that the NASA Administrator not only works to advance space exploration, but serves as an informal ambassador of U.S. capability and optimism to the world.”
“At the State of the Union address, I hope to hear the President present plans for an ambitious, science-driven space exploration agenda,” Nye said. “Space exploration brings out the best in us. It brings the nation together as we solve problems that have never been solved before and learn more about the cosmos and our place within it.”
Nye has come back into the public eye recently with his Netflix show “Bill Nye Saves the World,” which has already been criticized for its bizarre segments and angry tone — though his “Sexual Spectrum” episode did win an Emmy.
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