Over 21,000 people have signed a petition demanding EPA administrator Scott Pruitt meet with climate change activist and cult childhood television personality, Bill Nye “the science guy.”
The petition — entitled “Time to send Scott Pruitt to climate school. Sit down with Bill Nye the Science Guy ASAP!” — accuses Pruitt of hypocrisy regarding the issue of climate change and aims to force him to have a sit-down with Nye.
“We are sure Bill can get Administrator Pruitt to hear the truth, despite the political contributions from polluters whispering in his ears.”
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“Bill Nye the Science Guy has helped millions wrestle with challenging scientific concepts,” the petition states. “Sure, most of those folks were kids watching his popular television show, but we are sure Bill can get Administrator Pruitt to hear the truth, despite the political contributions from polluters whispering in his ears.”
The petition itself is remarkable, not just for demanding a Cabinet-level official attend a lecture from a former children’s TV personality, but also for its challenged premise as to why Pruitt needs an education on the issue.
“After telling his Senate confirmation panel, ‘I do not believe that climate change is a hoax’ and that ‘Science tells us the climate is changing and human activity in some matter impacts that change,’ the head of the EPA (you know, the federal agency charged with limiting greenhouse gas pollution) got enough votes to squeak into power,” the petition begins.
“After he got the job,” the petition continues, “he went on CNBC and said: ‘I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,’ referring specifically to the role of CO2 emissions on climate change.”
The author of the petition apparently believes that Pruitt’s comments on CNBC demonstrated hypocrisy or dishonesty in light of his Senate hearing.
What the author and the over 21,000 signatories of the petition miss is someone can believe climate change is real, and that humans play some part in it, while simultaneously holding the opinion that human activity is not the primary cause of climate change. They are not mutually exclusive positions.
Yet the petition maintains that even “[Pruitt’s] agency’s website disagrees, stating: ‘Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change.’”
A contradiction between the statement and comments Pruitt made on CNBC seems missing.
The EPA statement says only that carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change — not that it is man-made carbon dioxide that is the primary greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, or indeed that greenhouse gasses are themselves the primary cause of climate change.
Of course, some may find it of questionable value for the head of one of the largest government agencies to be “educated” by a man in possession of a single undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering — whose only qualifications as a scientist are portraying one in a children’s program. This speaks volumes about the Left’s current credibility.
The petition crossed the 21,000 signature mark just in time for the Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that the president signed a sweeping executive order significantly reversing the Obama administration’s environmental regulations and funding of climate change initiatives.
“The action I’m taking today will eliminate federal overreach, restore economic freedom, and allow our companies and our workers to thrive, compete, and succeed on a level playing field for the first time in a long time,” Trump said.