“Science Guy” Bill Nye argued on Tuesday that there is a link between people skeptical of climate change and those who insist that the Earth is really 6,000 years old.
“It’s not a coincidence that the creationists also deny climate change,” Nye told CBS News. “It’s a really important thing. Just look at this morning’s stories.”
According to Nye, people who say the Earth is relatively “young” are likely to mistake weather for climate, and seize on the news of snowstorms in the Midwest as proof that the planet is not getting warmer.
In a new book dealing with his debate earlier this year against creationist Ken Ham, Nye said he went through with it in order to call attention to Ham’s worldview for the sake of younger viewers.
“If we raise a generation of people, of science students, who don’t understand the fundamental idea in all of life science, then they are not going to be productive members of society,” Nye said. “They’re not going to be critically thinking voters, and they won’t contribute as much as they could. And it’s not a coincidence.”
While saying that for him, religion and science need to be kept separate, Nye did call it “helpful” that Pope Francis said that evolution “does not conflict” with creationist thinking.
“There’s so many people comforted, get so much out being in the community of Catholics, that to have their head guy say we’re going to join the mainstream of scientific thinking is good,” he said.
Watch the interview, as aired on Tuesday by CBS News, below.
‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’
The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.
"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.
When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.
Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."
‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.