At an event in Washington D.C. last week, Sarah Palin tried to discredit Bill Nye while also claiming that climate change wasn't real.
“Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am,” the former Alaskan governor said. “He’s a kids’ show actor; he’s not a scientist.”
Well, he might not be a scientist in Palin's eyes, but he's certainly got some impressive credentials under his belt. Before Bill Nye became a television personality, he received a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University, returning occasionally as a visiting professor, and went on to work as an engineer at Boeing.
He currently holds the chief executive officer position at The Planetary Society and has recently helped deploy the citizen-funded LightSail project – a small spacecraft propelled by photons from the Sun. In addition, Nye has several patents under his belt, including one for ballet pointe shoes, an educational magnifying glass, and sundials for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover.
However, it was Nye’s recent talks and book on climate change that spurred Palin to make the comparison, as she was in the U.S. capitol to promote an anti-climate change documentary called “Climate Hustle.” The premise of the film claims to “debunk outrageous claims about temperatures” and “expose the increasingly shrill calls to ‘act immediately before it's too late.’”
Bill Nye is an ardent activist and educator of man-made climate change, evidenced by his recent bet to a climate deniar. As such a public figure in the climate change “debate,” Palin decided to take a stab at his credentials – though, if they are as lacking as she says hers are, what she is doing promoting an anti-climate change agenda is anyone's guess.
She went on to say: "There is a predetermined agenda, definitely, of those who I think are controlling the narrative right now on changes in the weather, as you mentioned, it used to be called global warming, now it’s called climate change. There is definitely a political agenda behind all of this.”
In an interview with Variety on Monday, she also added: "We’ve been told by fearmongers that global warming is due to man’s activities, and this [film] presents strong arguments against that in a very relatable way."
Palin has a long history of denying climate change, but needless to say, the scientific community backs Bill Nye on this one: Man-made climate change is a real and pressing issue.