Sarah Palin mocks Bill Nye over climate change: He’s ‘as much as scientist as I am’

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By David Wright


(CNN) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mocked Bill Nye on Thursday, using the premier of a film that criticizes climate change scientists to call into question Nye’s credentials.

“Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am,” the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee said, according to The Hill. “He’s a kids’ show actor, he’s not a scientist.”

Palin, who was speaking at the Washington premiere of the anti-climate change film “Climate Hustle,” targeted Nye during a rant against the “alarmism” of climate change activists.

Scientists who study climate have an overwhelmingly consensus that the Earth is warming and humans are the cause, according to multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Palin urged parents to teach their children to “ask those questions and not just believe what Bill Nye the Science Guy is trying to tell them” about climate change.

In “Climate Hustle,” a clip of an interview with Nye is shown in which he seems to advocate investigating people who are responsible “for the introduction of this extreme doubt…about climate change.”

“I can see where people are very concerned about this and are pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussions line this,” he says in the clip.

Nye, who attended the White House Science Fair this week, is a vocal supporter of addressing climate change, and graduated from Cornell University’s School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

But he is probably best known for his role in the popular educational TV series “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which covered a variety of science topics for grade-school children.

CNN’s Ashley Fantz contributed to this report.

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  • rick

    Sarah the problem with you is “YOUR AN IDIOT a MORON and a BEATCH” . Nye is a scientist. look at his resume. Yours is big fat nothing.

    • bob

      Bill Nye is a mechanical engineer. He has no degrees in any pure science disciplines. He knows no more about climate science than I do. Possibly less, because I did actually study it to some extent while becoming a geologist. (Climate is vitally important to understanding geology, and we take a much longer term view of it than “what’s happening outside my window.”)

    • FinnyWiggen

      I have an advanced degree in science. Bill Nye doesn’t even have an under graduate degree in science.

      Mr.Nye’s positions are sometimes correct, and sometimes more based on opinion than science.

      Something we are all guilty of… But he is NOT a credentialed scientist. He is just a science hobbyist.

      More disturbing, by far, than his pretending to be a real scientist, are what he advocates happens to anyone who disagrees with him.

      He is on the record of advocating that anyone who disagrees with him should have their children taken away from them, and that they should be arrested, and thrown into jail.

      It is one thing to live out your fantasies by pretending to be a real scientist. No harm in this.

      But he crosses the line into the absurd, when he calls for violence and the destruction of families against anyone who disagrees with his amateur positions.

  • bob

    Bill Nye is an entertainer. His opinions on the subject are as valuable as Susan Sarandon’s, and based on equally valid science.

  • danielwalldammit

    You know it’s really sad that people like Sarah Palin have come to define the GOP. I remember a time when being a conservative didn’t mean being a complete idiot. I would so very much like to see that again.

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