Bill Nye Goes On CNN And Drops A Truth Bomb On Republicans: ‘I Just Want To Remind Voters…’ (Video)

bill-nye-cnn-floodsIt’s my belief that history is going to look back upon those who denied the realities of human-made climate change much in the same way we do people who once thought that Earth was flat. The thing is, climate change deniers are actually worse because we have the technology that gives near unlimited access to scientific facts, whereas centuries ago obtaining information was much more difficult.


In today’s world, you have to be willfully ignorant to deny the scientifically supported reality that humans are accelerating climate change.

However, because the Republican party is basically nothing more than a puppet for big oil, we’ve had to have this “debate” among the vast majority of the world’s scientists and people who take in large sums of money from the world’s biggest oil producers.

I’ve often compared it to just a few decades ago when big tobacco spent massive amounts of money trying to perpetuate the absurd believe that smoking wasn’t hazardous to anyone’s health. Hell, once upon a time there were ads for doctor recommended cigarettes. Can you believe that? To think, with all that we know now, there was actually a time where there was a “debate” over whether or not smoking was dangerous.

Well, during a recent interview with CNN, Bill Nye used the tobacco industry as an example to showcase just how absolutely ignorant these people are who deny humans are accelerating climate change:

I just want to remind voters that suppose you had somebody running for congressional office in your district who insisted there was no connection between cigarette smoking and cancer. Would you vote for that person? You might, but if this person were adamant, ‘No, the scientists who studied cigarette smoking, they don’t know what…,’ if they were adamant, would you vote for them? And so, in the same way the connection between climate change and human activity is at least as strong as cigarettes and cancer. And so, I just want everybody to keep this in mind: that it’s very reasonable that the floods in Texas, the strengthening storms, especially, the president was in Florida, these things are a result of human activity making things worse. It’s very bad. I get this that people died in Texas, and I am reminding you what else. This is a very expensive business. When you flood the fourth largest city in the United States, somebody is going to pay for it, and it’s you and me. And so, the sooner we get to work on climate change, the better.

The truth is, there was a time in this country when politicians did blindly – and vigorously – defend big tobacco against the scientific claims that smoking was dangerous. Do you know why? Because they were being paid off by big tobacco the same way big oil is paying off politicians today. 


The difference being, smoking is without a doubt bad, but ultimately it mostly only impacts those who choose to smoke, whereas denying climate change puts the lives of everyone living on this planet in danger. As long as there are enough people buying into the bullshit that big oil is paying politicians to say, that puts us all at risk.

Sadly, even when evidence of climate change is happening right in front of our eyes, such as the recent historic floods in Texas (on the heels of a historic drought no less), it won’t make a difference. Because as the saying goes… you can’t fix stupid.

Watch the segment below via CNN:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • wendy

    So sad and scary :(:/
    Y do so many people live in denial of facts? $$ and god?
    Sorry earth

    • I-RIGHT-I

      I’ll bet you’re frightened all the time aren’t you Sugar? They do that to you on purpose but you really make it easy for them.

      • wendy

        Not frightened as much of climate change as the politians in power making decisions based on $$ and idealology while ignoring facts. Denial and ignorance is not bliss.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        The politicians do what the Masters pay them to do, no more no less.

      • biloki

        Do you always feel the need to denigrate on women by calling them names like Sugar?? No wonder people like you use terms like “Legitimate Rape”, you have no respect for woman at all.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Yes I do like to talk down to servant girls. I’m sorry but after all you’re just a servant.

      • Chris Jones

        DO NOT FEED THE TROLL

      • markmac123

        Funny that you denigrate women when you’re obviously such a c*nt yourself.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        So, basically you agree with me then, good but I would never use that word to describe even the most vile of left wing gurls.

      • markmac123

        I have no problem calling you Republican cowards that all the time

      • wendy

        Please don’t reproduce!

      • FD Brian

        Ironic that you mention fear, because that is the single most popular reason that republicans get votes.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Fear of losing that free money is what gets your vote.

      • FD Brian

        even though the republican party has shown little to no results in reigning in spending in the 8 years of Bush.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Still blaming Bush are you? Good little plantation democrat!

      • FD Brian

        not blaming, just pointing out that republicans pay a great deal of lip service to smaller government and less spending and then when they have the opportunity to live up to those things, they don’t. It can’t be more obvious than that or are you blind to the facts?

      • I-RIGHT-I

        You are absolutely right about that. That is one of the lies Republicans tell to differentiate themselves from the Democrats to maintain the illusion of the two party system. I’m not blind I just don’t tell everything I know. If you would look a little closer you might ask yourself why both parties are in lockstep on the big ticket items like war, trade, immigration and overreaching government control of everything.

      • What the GOP really scares people with is their insane mantra of BIG GOVERNMENT…when in fact, it’s their own state and local officials whom they elect who have their hands around their throats and in their pockets. State and local taxes, sales taxes, fees, tolls, etc and their building codes and the laws that prevent sane building and development is what is really killing off the middle class.

        States refuse to control rent for small businesses and for the renting middle class consequently small businesses can’t survive long and the get the people to blame the Federal government which has nothing to do with the laws governing rental cost within a state. Working men and women who cannot afford to buy a house now can’t afford to pay rent with out hardship. The entire economy suffers as a result but as long as governors and Congressmen can get the voting public to focus on the Federal government and keep electing them to office they don’t give a damn!

      • I-RIGHT-I

        I’m afraid you don’t know much about politicians, bureaucrats or the real issues small business face. All you know is Democrats vs. Republicans and I guarantee you that everything you think you know about that is wrong.

  • I-RIGHT-I

    “Hi, I’m Billy Nye and I have ZERO credentials in the field of meteorology but I have played a respected climatologist on TV! The money is surprisingly good too”

    • wendy

      Assuming your IQ exceeds that of Neil Degrasse Tyson?

      • I-RIGHT-I

        I’m sure it does unless that guy is a hyper genetic anomaly.

      • Charles Vincent

        Your argument went off the rails when you made an appeal to authority.

      • wendy

        Do u even know who he is?
        And appealing to god ( most peoples authority) will keep everyone safe, right?

      • Charles Vincent

        Yes he is a physist, not a climatologist, and that is a text book logical fallacy argument known as appeal to authority.

      • Pipercat

        Red Herring…. of a mini straw man.

    • biloki

      He isn’t rich. He doesn’t be payed anywhere near as much as the scientists that oil companies pay off to pretend climate change isn’t real. He gets payed to tell the truth, and that doesn’t pay very much at all. He has read all the science and agrees with the vast majority of climate scientists. You, however, cannot deal with reality. What a pathetic life you must live to always be in a false reality bubble that can be burst at any moment.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        He’s loaded. I’ll bet he’s got a lot of money too.

    • wendy

      Best way to save $$, forget about climate change, because god controls weather. Then god should send the angels to help when disaster strikes.
      Then we could all be thankful.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        What we can be thankful for is you are not in a position of authority Sugar.

    • Nigel Sellars

      Quit being a smart ass. It’s easy to hide behind a computer screen and sound pompous, you pathetic excuse for a human being. I suspect you won’t accept climate change until your house is under several feet of sea water. Oh, by the way, your computer on science, same principles in fact that have helped prove climate change. Sorry you can’t get a date either, you poor sick little troll.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Nigel, all of your heroes are frauds. Judging by your witless comment I’d say they are all cartoons as well.

      • Chris Jones

        he’s a troll, pay him no mind

      • wendy

        Sadly, its people like I-right (s/b
        I-wrong) that make the world a worse place 🙁

      • Chris Weiss

        ” It’s easy to hide behind a computer screen and sound pompous”………………..
        Yes, yes it is.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        I want to thank you Nigel for coming out of your coma long enough to brighten my day. Two comments in two years and I get one of them!!!

    • Chris Jones

      TROLL

      • I-RIGHT-I

        I get a lot of that from people who are just pissed because they weren’t smart enough to think of it themselves.

      • wendy

        Its like attempting a battle of the wits with unarmed people. Now that would be unfair. I forfeit for this reason

      • I-RIGHT-I

        You weren’t invited in the first place! Lucky for you too. I’ve never met a woman I can listen to for more that five minutes at a time and I get real cranky when they won’t shut up.

      • BB-Mystic

        Please keep making your idiotic sexist comments. I’ll keep flagging them.

        Thank you.

      • noah vail

        gynophobic much? (look it up, moron)

      • I-RIGHT-I

        “Noah, how long can your tread water”
        Bill Cosby

      • I-RIGHT-I

        I happen to know for another fact that just a little bit of that stuff can kill you. I mean look at you! Just one time and you look like death warmed over.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Thanks for leaving your pants down so we can see you azz Chris. Your entire repertoire consists of “TROLL” and “suck a di(k”
        That’s Progressive!

    • Jim Valley

      Fool.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Hi Jim! I just love the smell of ratbasticcommiemofo desperation in the morning! Wendy thinks you’re cute though.

    • orpheusrises

      And I wear a bow tie. This raises my IQ by at least 10 points.

  • baruchzed

    In the US we can point to christofascists…hyper religious (or claiming to be) industrialists who combine their greed for money with their religious dogma to create a wall of denial that sucks in “the faithful (dupes)” and maintains the fantasy that money is what matters. To quote Buffy Sainte-Marie from her new CD “It isn’t money that makes the world go ’round, that’s only temporary confusion.” Dig it. What is really valuable is the life of the Earth, which we are part of. If we destroy the biosphere’s ability to sustain itself, we die. Very simple. I don’t care what your bible says or what your economist says.

    • Jim Valley

      How are they able to fool so many people? And why are all the people they successfully fool conservatives?

      • noah vail

        they are not conservative, they’re reactionaries…conservatives have the ability to think for themselves

      • I never met one.

      • AnantaAndroscoggin

        Actual conservatives are the ones who they label “RINO” or Republicans In Name Only.”

      • Jim Valley

        You’re right. And, the republicans before St. Ronald were not nearly this bad. He really stunk up the country.

  • amersham46

    Idiots R Us are the official supplier of the GOP clown bus.

  • Sam

    I’m amused by the hypocrisy of people who harp on a scientist who has no specific credentials in a field saying “This is what specialists in this field are saying,” but have absolutely no problem believing people who have no specific credentials in a field saying “The specialists in this field are wrong.”

    If Nye’s opinion is suspect because he’s making money while expressing said opinion, then I presume so are the opinions of those politicians and oil company employees who are likewise getting paid to express a certain opinion.
    With all of the talking heads’ opinions suspect in this matter, where do we turn to in order to get the truth? It’s too bad that there’s no sort of title that gets awarded to a person who has studied extensively in a field. It’s also too bad that there’s no system in which those with an understanding of the logical process and the sciences can review the work of their peers to determine whether or not it is valid. And it’s really too bad that there’s not an overwhelming consensus by specialists that their work has clearly shown that a certain hypothesis is correct. Because without those sorts of things, we don’t know why we don’t go spinning off into space, or how combustion happens, or whether our bodies have a system that reacts to the presence of a foreign pathogen in such a way that can render us immune to future infections by said pathogens, or whether or not humanity has had an effect on climate change.

    • dominik12

      Sam … From which parallel universe do you imminate? The science you’re groping for is called Meteorology. Been around for just a few decades while you were napping. They are the folks you can blame for not being able to bring their science down to your base level of understanding.

      • Chris Weiss

        Really…… I honestly hope you’re joking, because Sam clearly was. It’s called sarcasm.

      • noah vail

        get a grip…it’s called humor

  • Eff liberals

    Listen to you retards on here. This is so simple. The earth hasn’t warmed since 1998 Google is your friend use it morons

    • wendy

      Haven’t noticed the crazy weather? Have u been living under a rock?

      • orpheusrises

        Weather has always been crazy.

    • txsaint

      Wow. PS, that little dot is called a period. You should try it sometime.

  • Jim Valley

    These conservatives are hopeless. They deny evidence that is literally falling out of the sky onto their heads! What can we do with people like this?

    • AnantaAndroscoggin

      Allow them to win their own Darwin Awards. While protecting as many of the innocent bystanders of them as we can.

  • PRIME79

    The party that doesn’t believe in climate change is the same party that has people claiming that bad weather happens because a magical sky fairy is angry about gay people. Go figure.

    • Flat Banana

      Or like liberals who tell Christians they are a bunch of idiots for practicing religion but then get mad when Muslims are discriminated against.

      • PRIME79

        Lol! I think all adults that believe in magic are unhinged, I dont care what brand of magic it is. They’re no different and all idots.

    • FD Brian

      maybe the magical sky fairy was pissed at Texas because because the good people of Texas hate gays and black people.