American science communicator and television host Bill Nye dropped by HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” to underscore the grim reality of global warming during a segment on the ambitious Green New Deal proposal.
“By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees,” Nye said during the segment.
“What I’m saying is the planet’s on f—ing fire. There are a lot of things we could do to put it out — are any of them free? No, of course not. Nothing’s free, you idiots,” Nye added. “Grow the f— up. You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it? Safety glasses off, motherf—ers.”
Host John Oliver blasted conservative pundits for criticizing the Green New Deal resolution, which failed to pass in the Senate in a 57-0 vote, with 43 Democrats voting “present.”
The ambitious resolution was co-sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and has been endorsed by several Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
But as Oliver highlighted, most of the negative coverage around the proposal is built on right-wing lies.
Oliver devoted the 20-minute segment to outlining “what it is, what it isn’t and, most importantly, where we should maybe go from here.” For one, he said, the proposal “doesn’t even mention the word ‘cows’ or ‘airplanes’” — because it doesn’t even include specific programs to fight climate change.
Instead, he said, “it is a non-binding resolution that very briefly sets out some extremely aggressive goals, including achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, meeting 100 percent of the country’s power demand through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources and creating millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States … The whole Green New Deal is just 14 pages long. That is seven pages shorter than the menu for the Cheesecake Factory.”
“The plan’s backers, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said repeatedly, right from the outset, that the Green New Deal was merely meant to kick-start a conversation, set some aggressive targets so that we could then figure out how to hit them,” Oliver said. “Unless you like bad-faith conversations about farting cows, that conversation has not gone well so far.”