May 14, 2019 10:05 AM EDT
Bill Nye the Science Guy, a staple in most of our childhoods. He has been an influence in science buff's lives, many of us grew up learning from him and most of us dreamed to one day be like Bill Nye. He is best known for his wacky experiments and easy-to-understand language when talking about science - mostly catered towards children.
However, this past Sunday he appeared on HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and had a few things to say about global warming, the Green New Deal, and Earth's current state and be warned, this time his comments were meant to be heard by adults. This was not an attempt to explain science to children, but to wake up people who should try to actually make a difference.
In a completely unabashed segment in which Mr. Nye shows the severity of global warming, he had the following to say: "By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees," Then sets a globe ablaze. Nye continues. "What I'm saying is the planet's on f***ing fire. There are a lot of things we could do to put it out -- are any of them free? No, of course not. Nothing's free, you idiots. Grow the f**k up. You're not children anymore. I didn't mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you're adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it?"
The host of the show, John Oliver, seems to be pro-The Green New Deal stating that, "It is a non-binding resolution that very briefly sets out some extremely aggressive goals, including achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, meeting 100 percent of the country's power demand through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources and creating millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States ... The whole Green New Deal is just 14 pages long. That is seven pages shorter than the menu for the Cheesecake Factory."
Nye also took a stab at explaining "carbon pricing" (and John Oliver) by saying, "When we release carbon, say, by burning coal or driving an SUV, all of us pay for that in the form of things like fires, floods, and crop failures," he added. "Putting a fee on carbon creates incentives to emit less carbon, and, more importantly, it also incentivizes the development of low-carbon technology, which is huge, because that's vital to reducing emissions globally. And because for some reason, John, you're a 42-year-old man who needs his attention sustained by tricks, here's some f***ing Mentos and a bottle of Diet Coke. Happy now?"
Mr. Nye ends the segment with possibly the "scientific mic-drop" of the year, saying, "Safety glasses off, motherf***ers!", before blowing on the globe, still on fire, and walking off screen.
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