Bill Nye the Science Guy appeared on Fox Business Monday to discuss climate change in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
I would have liked to have heard a whole conversation on the topic, but because Fox anchors don’t usually conduct interviews or conversations so much as mini verbal fights, Payne quickly lead Nye to another topic.
After showing a clip of Al Gore using the example of racism to explain how fighting climate change will require scientifically informed individuals to “win the conversation” over climate deniers, Payne asks, “Does it help the argument on climate change to always bring in racism, or to sort of just denigrate anyone who might just have an inkling that maybe this stuff doesn’t exist?”
Rather than evading Payne’s left-field question, as public figures often do, Nye obliges him with a colorful answer which both extrapolates on Gore’s points and brings the conversation back around to climate change and why we should acknowledge its existence.
Watching Payne interview Nye was a little bit like watching a precocious 8 year-old play the devil’s advocate game with his parents. The race question was meant to confuse and distract the audience from the topic at hand, not advance their understanding of it. Thankfully, Nye remained a few steps ahead.