Bill Nye Returns With an Angry Climate Change Rant on ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’

Bill Nye the Science Guy thought he raised us right. With fun video clips and DIY craft projects, he thought he taught us about the environment. Well, some of us didn’t get the memo and, now, he’s mad. In a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment, the science educator surprised viewers while explaining the urgency of climate change.

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‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ discussed the Green New Deal

One of the topics on John Oliver’s May 12th episode was the Green New Deal, a stimulus package, proposed by members of Congress, that addresses climate change and economic inequality. To help explain the severity of climate change, John Oliver phoned in science advocate and television host, Bill Nye.

“By the end of this century, if [carbon] emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees,” Nye said, during Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Then, Bill Nye grabbed his blowtorch.

“What I’m saying is: the planet’s on f*cking fire,” he said, lighting his globe prop on fire. The scientist explained that the ways to put out a fire are not free, but then again, nothing is free. Of course, Twitter exploded at his word choice.

“I felt that his use of profanity killed my childhood but gave life to my adulthood. Bravo, both!” said one Twitter user.

“Putting a price on pollution is the most effective and affordable way to cut pollution and encourage innovation — but you don’t have to take my word for it,” said another Twitter user. “Take it from this guy, the Science Guy. You know things are serious when @BillNye breaks out the swear words.”

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He has always been an advocate for science and the environment

This science advocate started his television show, Bill Nye the Science Guy in 1993 on the network Syndicate. The show switched to PBS in 1994 and discussed everything from storms to farming before its final episode in 1999.

The PBS series won several awards and nominations including 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000 Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Writing For A Children’s Series.”

The TV host was on Dancing With the Stars and holds a patent for an improved ballet shoe, according to Patent Yogi. In 2017, Bill Nye returned to the silver screen in a Netflix original series entitled, Bill Nye Saves the World. This show took a scientific approach to debunk modern-day myths. The series has 25 episodes.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bill Nye
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bill Nye | Samantha Burkardt/Getty Images for SXSW

So, just how urgent is climate change?

In case you didn’t hear Bill Nye, the earth is in serious trouble. According to NASA, environmental changes in recent years include global temperature rising, warming ocean temperatures, shrinking ice sheets, and rising sea levels.

Senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently proposed a solution to lowering carbon emissions, entitled the Green New Deal. She gained support from prominent figures in politics, such as 2020 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Bill Nye also supports the Green New Deal and environmental legislation proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He even surprised the Senator at her panel at SXSW, speaking up during the question-and-answer portion of the evening.

“Especially when it comes to climate change, people are just afraid of what will happen if we try to make these big changes,” said Nye.

Bill Nye’s educational podcast, SCIENCE RULES!, premieres May 16, 2019.