Should Bill Nye the Science Guy take over the EPA? | The Tylt
Should Bill Nye the Science Guy take over the EPA?
The beloved host of "Bill Nye the Science Guy," which ran on PBS from 1993 to 1998, has since transformed into somewhat of a political activist. Bill Nye has used his platform to advocate for science education and climate change, and as Vanity Fair notes, the election of Donald Trump sent him into overdrive.
On Election Night, as the country tuned in to the news networks to watch results pour in, Bill Nye, America’s most-endearing science teacher watched with John Logsdon, the world’s pre-eminent authority on space policy and history. The two are very different men of science. Nye taught a generation of children about gravity by tossing a computer off the roof of a building; Logsdon was a member of NASA’s advisory board. Both were equally disturbed by what they saw.
Nye has consistently tried to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public, even though he himself only has a bachelor's degree in engineering. But current head of the EPA Scott Pruitt has no scientific credentials and it an outspoken climate science denier.
But others think Bill Nye needs to chill. He's hardly an expert in science, and propping him up as anything more than a celebrity in a lab coat is silly.
Like many a Disney Channel star has done, Nye shed the shackles of a child friendly persona, and began engaging in behavior that should be too ridiculous to be consumed by the mainstream media, but is anyway. What’s worse, is that some of this behavior is very anti-science for a guy who is oft referred to as “the science guy.”
Brandon Morse argues in The Blaze that Nye has used his "science guy" persona to push a specific political agenda unrelated to science. It's time the media stop taking him seriously.
The problem with Nye’s stance is that politics has agendas contained within it. Science, at least in its true sense, does not. Science is based off of fact, trial and error, and hard evidence. Politics is based off of opinion, philosophy, and and how much money you can get for voting a certain way. If Nye is truly a man of science, he should be willing to stand back, look at the evidence in front of him, and conclude that... throwing people in jail for being a “climate denier” is going a little too far.