Watch: Bill Nye Debates S.E. Cupp on Climate Change, Embarrassment Ensues

crossfire-bill-nye-se-cuppBill Nye has quickly skyrocketed to being one of the most well known individuals willing to debate just about anyone who tries to deny proven scientific facts.  And while I have the utmost respect for him, and greatly admire what he’s trying to do, sometimes he’s just too nice and respectful for his own good.  Too often I’ve seen these blowhard conservatives just talk over him during these debates, spouting off their typical anti-science propaganda, hardly letting Nye get more than a few words in.

A great example of this came during a debate on CNN’s Crossfire between Bill Nye, S.E. Cupp and a spokesman for the Heritage Foundation, Nick Loris.  They presumably brought Bill Nye on the show to discuss the recent release of the National Climate Assessment, which is a new report informing people of the very real threat of climate change.

In typical conservative fashion, Cupp and Loris hardly let Nye get a word in while they spouted off the usual cherry-picked talking points from the right.  At one point Cupp showed graph that said cow manure produces more greenhouse gases in a year than the Keystone pipeline or 25 million cars.  Then she poses a typical arrogant conservative question to Nye, “Shouldn’t we all just become – vegetarians?”  She then tries to press this pointless stat, prompting Nye to say, “What a very impressive statistic, thanks for the distraction though.”

Around that time Loris went off on the usual misinformed rant about global temperatures cooling, pointing to 16 peer-reviewed journals that show a “warming hiatus,” prompting Nye to laugh and ask Loris, “Do you know how few 16 is?  Do you know how small 16 is?”

It’s what Nye has said many times before about science deniers.  They ignore the vast majority of information that’s out there, the information that’s widely accepted by over 95% of the world’s scientists, then they take the small bit of scientific uncertainty and use that to try to cast doubt on overwhelmingly accepted scientific facts.

And while Bill Nye didn’t make the impact in this debate he has in others, mostly because Cupp and Loris kept talking over him whenever he tried to speak, his conservative counterparts did a good enough job making themselves look like complete asses during the entire debate.

Check out the clips below, via CNN:

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  • Hsoftl

    “I’m not a denier, I’m not a skeptic” Yes you are.

    • I noticed that too. I take it as a good sign that being labeled a denier has become something people actively avoid.

    • Edward Krebbs

      Denier sounds so much better and leave some weasel room if I’m wrong. Plus, I can be a skeptic without giving it any thought or research. To be a denier I’d actually have to understand it.

  • Synapse on This

    I just don’t understand it. The science is there the data is there the consensus is there! But NOPE not happening. It is infuriating! Yet these people can blindly believe the teachings in a book filled with 2nd and 3rd accounts of the words of a mythical mystical higher being.

    • Connie Shetterly-Strnat

      Couldn’t have said it better!

    • Arch Chaney

      I had an acquaintance who was diagnosed with cancer. The doctor told her that the cancer was treatable, but that she would die if she didn’t get treatment. She didn’t believe the doctor, and said God would heal her even if it were true. She died within 6 months of the diagnosis. Same thing.

  • goducks58

    S.E. Cupp is a typical reich wing blowhard that tries to cleave to a narrative that is patently false. Science is trying to bully….?? Please.

    • Pipercat

      Yeah, nothing like a diet of loaded questions and false dilemmas.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I have learned to love van jones,,,,,,,,,,,,,all I heard a few yrs ago is how communist he is–( courtesy of FOX “news” creeps such as Hannity/beck/o’reilly et al) ,,,now I would love to meet him and just BS alot

    • Jeffrey Sparks

      I wish she would blow me… That sexy librarian ass. She just needs it done well and a lot, that would turn her to the light.

      • Excuse me? This is a nasty and uncalled-for remark. Don’t bring her gender into it; she says plenty of stupid things without your throwing sexism into the mix.

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        Excuse you for what? I never got my trousers off. I am not here to reap your opinion of my post, I came to post. Now enjoy her stupid things. I am sure her husband has the same somewhat sexist view of her dolt.

      • That’s not the point. The point is that you’re being rude and crude for no reason. Ignore her gender and debate her ideas.

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        So now you are here to dictate my points? No, that isn’t happening.
        I like her gender, and I am sure you would be happy if people liked you for yours.
        Her ideas are ridiculous and that goes without saying. So I will take a BJ from her sexy ass. I can still think she is sexy even with bad ideas in her head. Mary Matalin and James Carville were married for a long time and polar opposites.Take care and find someone else for your crazy feminist shit.

      • Well, if I’m a “crazy feminist” for demanding respect for all women, then guilty as charged, sir.
        And no, I’m not going to “find someone else” because you’re the one who’s being a sexist prick. Quite unnecessarily, I might add. Write “Her ideas are ridiculous and that goes without saying” and keep your blow jobs to yourself.

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        I would prefer to keep HER blowjobs to myself… Me thinks you are starting to like me… You are stalking me now. This is fun. Her ideas are silly, I have watched her perform for years, but she is hot, tough shit Ms. Steinem, I like hot. Like most men do.
        I guess you need it deep and well too. 😉

      • Stephen Barlow

        You sexually ignorant fool! Blow jobs are ORAL SEX, not ANAL your asshole!

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        Where exactly was Anal sex referenced? You really need a remedial reading course. Stop posting you fool before you break the internet.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Quote- unQUOTE:

        “So I will take a BJ from her sexy ass.”

        CHOKE on it !

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        You need to learn the nuance of the American language as used by Americans… but I should have known you were clueless how we use the language when I saw the use of that silly word “Wanking”.
        So, to break it down for your clueless self:
        Blowjob: Act of fellatio orally performed (by mouth in case you don’t know what orally means either).
        Sexy Ass: Is referencing the person, and not the body part to perform said act (she is a sexy bitch).
        Stupid Wanker… as you would put it. I know the nuance of how you morons on the island speak, learn my language as well because it is the language in which business is performed, even Germans know that.
        Haben Sie einen besseren Tag. Get yourself a bib, you will need it for your choke meat headed shit sack.

      • Stephen Barlow

        @ psuedoEnglish.FOX?

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        Now you like an obsequious, petulant child as you must be. No, it is called American. There is English, and American English. Take a few college courses please before you even try to call me on intellect. You are a silly dunderhead.
        Do you like me? Are you calling me a Fox? That is a slang word used in the 70’s in America. Now you look like a wild and crazy guy.

      • Stephen Barlow

        The DICK shunary fall open to that page?

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        Wow, great quip, hold on, I need to print screen for this one so I can remember it for later.
        There really is no loss of face for you just walking away from this. Continuing to put your utter ignorance about everything including the Diss/Capp game out there really makes you look childish and petty.
        Would you like a few more “dictionary” words as you call them? Isn’t that what started all this? You not understanding the use of this language?
        We are now back to square one. No wonder you can’t understand how one “breaks” the internet.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Glad to hear from a BJ ex spurt.

        $2 or $5?

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        You are welcome, but you still need to learn to spell.
        Are those your prices? You really must be horrible, maybe stop using your teeth.
        I knew you were stalking me for a reason. I will decline your offer, but am flattered to have picked up so many stalkers recently.

      • Stephen Barlow

        HOw DOES one ‘break’ the internet?

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        Obtuse sycophant… You are writing the instruction manual with each passing word.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Yawn… you still haven’t explained how you BREAK the internet… Are you DENYING a REDmouth blurted this absurdity with all the expert opinion a moron like you could muster?

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        If you are yawning then why do you continue to come back for this ass kicking?
        You are really looking stupid for the 20th time now. Is it your dream to stalk me forever freak?
        You are explaining how to break the internet with each passing word you type moron.

      • Stephen Barlow


      • Stephen Barlow

        Well, you MUST be skilled in wanking through the fabric in public…

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        If you are going to post, at least make sense with your attempt at a cut dolt. Please try again. No one said anything about “wanking” or “public”. Try two?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Uhm…. I think she’s a carpet muncher dude. A stiff dick is not the universal answer to female problems.

      • Jeffrey Sparks

        No, know your subject… She just got married meat headed shit sack. To a male.

    • Stephen Barlow

      DOesn’t it seem that the Modus Operandi of the RED Menace is to Argue and deny. no matter the subject or the validity of the evidence, nor even the value of the subject.

      Has David Vitter passed ANY anti-prostitution legislation? Even voted on any? sPonsored a bill???

  • Karl Huff

    I did not like S.E Cupp on the Cycle and I do not like her now. Why is that all right wing people are so rude. You can’t get a word in edgewise, guess that’s because if they let you hear the other side, you would know how ignorant they are.

    • Sunnysmom

      Playing the “gotcha” game constantly for these folks must be purely exhausting.

      • Karl Huff

        I just get so tired of listening to those rude and lying things (people). Where did they all crawl out from anyway.

    • Jeffrey Sparks

      They are the kids who can’t hear an idea. The entire idea. They want to live by sound bites and take things out of context. I would bet they would have troubles sitting through an entire lecture, or at least letting one point of said lecture sink in before questions arose.

      • Stephen Barlow

        It’s all appearances to them. How they LOOK. They pray in public and beat their wives, kids and dogs in private.

  • Jondo

    Here’s the deal: we’ve pretty much screwed the environment (mostly the conservative base that supports unregulated industries which pollute – with eyes on profits), and now they don’t want to admit that the arguments they champion could in any way be their fault. They’re like the bratty kids that lose and either try to cheat by changing the rules or by denying they lost by talking more loudly than everyone else. They won’t admit anything until the rising oceans are either lapping at their front door, or they can’t go outside due to sweltering heat waves (and they probably still won’t admit after that).

    • regressive teaparty trash

      jesus will save us—
      ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, just ask white trash tea party lemmings
      ( see: prayer/begging)

  • Jim

    Wow! That was a hell of a panel. You get three people screaming against the one who made any sense. Is this what CNN has come to? CNN needs to be more than just an imitator of Faux News. The woman who starts the discussion off is very clearly biased against Nye’s position, then there is the unshaven white guy who is the global warming denier expert I guess, then there is Bill Nye trying to get a word in edgewise, and lastly there is the black guy who, if he was supposed to be Nye’s ally, turns out to be as useless as Combs in the old Hannity and Combs show.

  • Darkthunder

    S.E Cupp asks, “Shouldn’t we all become vegetarians?”

    By that logic, if 7 billion+ people, overnight, became vegetarians; Would that make cows, shit less? I don’t get that logic…

    • kyle

      It’s actually cow burps that cause the methane production, not farts. Not contradicting you, just an interesting factoid.

      • Darkthunder

        Point remains thou.

        How does “7 billion people become vegetarians”, mean that cows will burp, fart or shit less than they do now? (with so many non-vegetarian humans) 😛

      • It means that if people became vegetarians, there would be less demand for cattle, and therefore we would breed less of them.

      • Darkthunder

        That still wouldn’t “magically” make the cows we already have, disappear.

      • Of course it would’t, it would take time.

      • Sunnysmom

        The gas, whichever end it comes from, is also made wholly worse by us feeding them corn instead of grass.

      • Stephen Barlow

        But coming from a Republican, who speaks from BOTH holes at the same time… there is no difference.

    • Pipercat

      Doesn’t matter. The cows digestive process does not create new by-products, but recycles existing elements already in the biosphere. Cupp’s false dilemma is indeed, illogical. The issue with anthropogenic global warming and climate change is the release of stored hydrocarbons into the biosphere that have been sequestered underground for tens of millions of years. Cowthane doesn’t enter into the equation unless you’re downwind of a cow or S. E.!

  • Sunnysmom

    Newsflash to the Heritage Foundation dude and his clearly Koch-Brothers-induced concerns about government regulations on business impacts/ economic prosperity: Mr. Loris when the shit hits the fan for real environmentally, nobody will care about business and money. Have you not seen a single episode of the Walking Dead? lol If you don’t have clean water, food, and shelter you’re toast. Your Fortune 500 company won’t be worth a nickel. In the mean time…Walk softly on the earth. Don’t be a douchebag. It’s that simple.

  • Heathen5701

    After this ‘debate’ S.E. Cupp accused Nye of being a bully by not accepting the propaganda she and her so called expert spewed. Poor lil’ bagger.

    • Lee

      Victim Card!!!!!

  • DoctorButler

    This was CNN, lol. It felt like Fox News.

    I’m glad I stopped watching Cable News, this is pure corporatist propaganda.

  • Edward Krebbs

    To begin with, in my experience with reporters they rarely have had more than the requisite hours of science courses. They’re studying reporting, not basic science, and certainly not advanced science. So right away most reporters discussing science are at an extreme disadvantage.

    • ecyrB yrreB

      Couldn’t have been said better.

  • FD Brian

    has anyone ever noticed that the people who are trying to convince us that global warming is real are SCIENTISTS and the ones trying to convince us that it isn’t real are NOT scientists? I have yet to ever see one of the 3% of scientists who deny global warming ever appear on tv to debate a damn thing.

    • ecyrB yrreB

      Couldn’t agree more. Most of these politicians and stick-up-ass news “reporters” pull this shit straight out of their asses, not because they are concerned about the people, but to grow their own bank accounts and agendas. Such deplorable cunts (excuse my language, but I believe it fits their motives).

  • christianh

    I’d like to make them in to a HUMAN CATALYTIC CONVERTER…

  • huh

    He isnt a bully you are corporate fascist punk asses who sold your souls to Satan and think no one sees your crap.

  • adcbeast

    Fox News Plantation slaves will never believe reality … they are beyond hope

  • Dean S Horak

    This display is precisely why I’m working hard in the areas of artificial general intelligence and transhumanism. I’ve all but given up hope for homo-sapiens to be able to save themselves, so I’m hoping a follow-on species or sub-species will possess the mental faculties to transcend this stupidity.

    Ignorance and greed are simply too powerful of forces for mankind to overcome. No amount of evidence or information will ever convince the public that changes in our energy production/consumption need to be effected because those that control the media simply have too much to gain by maintaining the status quo.

    Sad but true.

  • teeveedub

    If this is an example of what we can expect from CNN, it’s no surprise that their ratings are in the toilet. I can barely get through a 3-minute clip.

  • Dr. Dee

    Ignorance is bliss albeit temporarily…

  • MLR

    S.E. Cupp makes an ass out of herself without much effort. Speaking louder and over other people seems to be what conservatives do best because they know that what they are spouting out of their mouths is bullshit, so they think that shouting and not letting those with opposing views get a word in makes them sound credible.

    • It’s called the Gish Gallop. See here: http://rationalwiki DOT org/wiki/Gish_gallop

      • MLR

        I had no idea this is actually a debate technique. Thanks for the info.

  • Stephen Barlow

    WOuldn’t it be a hoot to find out she paid for college on her back, networking into the Conservative Inner Circle.