HEADDESK: Sarah Palin Claims She Is ‘As Much A Scientist’ As Bill Nye (VIDEO)
Sarah Palin Had Some Harsh Words For Bill Nye
Sarah Palin is the former mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a former governor of Alaska (who did not complete her term) and a failed vice-presidential candidate. Bizarrely, she believes this lackluster political career makes her “as much of a scientist” as science educator and engineer Bill Nye. Headlining a panel hosted by Republican Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Lamar Smith, the conservative commentator denounced the “peer pressure” that has caused people to accept climate change. After a video of Nye was shown, Palin dismissed the credentials of the man known to many as Bill Nye the Science Guy:
“Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am,” Palin said. “He’s a kids’ show actor, he’s not a scientist.”
Nye did indeed host a science show for children and has been a science educator that has inspired and continues to inspire young people to become scientists. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Engineering. Palin has a Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Idaho. While it’s nothing to be ashamed of, it hardly supports her claim to educational equivalency.
The panel, held in Congress’ Rayburn building, was in support of the climate change denial film Climate Hustle. The film was produced and funded by Marc Morano, who runs ClimateDepot.com for the Committee For a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT). CFACT is a think-tank that denies climate change and its effects and has received funding from the oil companies ExxonMobil and Chevron. Morano is also a former spokesperson for Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe who, last year, brought a snowball into the Senate to prove that climate change was a hoax.
Palin Says Don’t Trust Scientists, Because Science.
It is no surprise that Nye would be a target for this group, since he has used his platform to urge everyone from students to governments to NASCAR to take action to combat climate change. Palin also urged parents to help their children reject the scientific consensus on climate change that is being used for a political agenda, because science?
“The science is kind of getting thrown out of the window in discussions about changes in the weather…They have studied the data that they are erroneously delivering to the public to make us think that we can somehow change the weather and how they do that is to grow government and allow the government to have more control over us, our homes, our businesses, our families, our lives, and it’s quite unfortunate because these people must be purposely doing this, right? Because they are smart enough to know better.”
She then urged parents to be “foremost in their child’s life and influence them to trust science and believe in science and not leave it to the teachers” but also apparently not to listen to the 97 percent of scientists who believe climate change is real and caused by human activity.
Palin’s strange and convoluted comments to the panel were in stark contrast to the White House Science Fair, which occurred the same week. The fair, a tradition initiated by President Obama, aims to encourage kids to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Watch: Sarah Palin Slams Bill Nye
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A Canadian, currently located in Dublin, Nikita Oliver-Lew has an avid interest in all things political. She has an MSc in Comparative European Politics from Trinity College Dublin and hopes to return to her PhD studies on migration in Europe.