After years spent on the cable news circuit, desperately trying to convince paid skeptics that their corporate sponsors are destroying the earth, Bill Nye got a little bit of revenge on Sunday night.
John Oliver devoted four minutes of his weekly HBO program, “Last Week Tonight,” to the news media’s obsession with creating a debate about a fact supported by overwhelming scientific evidence. Usually, it’s Nye that is on MSNBC or Fox News or CNN, presenting the scary facts about man-made climate change, a fact that Oliver found quite disturbing — after all, why is a debated needed in the first place?
The British host also was dismayed at a recent poll from Gallup that indicated that one out of four people don’t believe in climate change — and the fact that it’s being given any attention at all.
“Who gives a shit?” Oliver scoffed. “You don’t need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: ‘Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?’ or ‘Do owls exist?’ or ‘Are there hats?'”
Luckily, Oliver was able to rectify the mathematical insanities of the climate change debate.