Let’s play a game.
First, take an overtly left-leaning “science guy,” one who spends his time hobnobbing with progressive politicians and wagging his finger over those who would show healthy (dare I say scientifically healthy) skepticism over anthropomorphic climate change.
Add a dash of hypocrisy (Nye spent Earth Day 2015 flying around in Air Force One with then-President Obama lecturing about climate change. Carbon footprint anyone?).
Stir with a performance that reduced the last shreds of his reputation into tatters.
And then top with word that he believes that climate change skepticism will become a thing of the past as soon as those olds who hang onto their skepticism just go ahead and die already.
The “Science Guy” said that generationally, the majority of climate change deniers are older.
“Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It’s generational,” Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with “due respect,” acknowledging that he is “now one of them.”
“We’re just going to have to wait for those people to ‘age out,’ as they say,” Nye went on, adding that “age out” is a euphemism for “die.” “But it’ll happen, I guarantee you — that’ll happen.”
Would it be fair to write something about Nye’s most recent statements with a headline that reads: Bill Nye Wants Climate Change Deniers to Die!
Because I seem to remember images some time ago during one of the many incarnations of the healthcare debate that had then-congressman Paul Ryan pushing granny off a cliff.
Is all fair in love and policy marketing?
Asking for a friend.
(Anyway, I’m not sure Nye is correct that climate change skepticism dies with an older generation. Science, by its very nature, demands skepticism. Not everyone, including younger generations steeped in technology and, therefore, the basics of logic, will be so willing to deny their skepticism, Mr. Science Guy.)