“Science guy” Bill Nye faced off against Blaze contributor S.E. Cupp and conservative economist Nick Loris in a heated debate about global warming on CNN’s “Crossfire” Tuesday night after Cupp said the “scare tactics” used to address the issue have failed to convince the public.
“Even if what Van [Jones] and the White House are saying is all true, the scare tactics have not worked,” she told Nye. “Only about 36 percent of Americans believe that global warming is a serious threat to our way of life.”
Cupp, who pondered whether public consensus is needed in order to get traction on the issue, asked Nye what politicians should be doing to convince the public of their global warming contentions.
The “science guy” responded by noting that climate change is “serious business” and that officials should be working to get the message out to Americans.
Then, he began debating with Loris, who specifically questioned some recent global warming data.
“I’m not a denier. I’m not a skeptic. What I’m saying is the climate is changing,” Loris said. “Yes, man-made emissions are in some part of that, but we haven’t seen these extreme weather event trends — the observed data doesn’t prove that.”
Nye fervently responded, taking aim at Loris’ questioning of the data and proclaiming that he and his opponent simply “don’t agree on the facts.”
“Hurricane shmuricane, if I may,” Nye said before accusing Loris of “cherry-picking data” after the economist mentioned that hurricane trends don’t necessarily corroborate proclamations surrounding climate change.
At that point, Cupp jumped in to ask whether scientists like Nye have been bullying those who question global warming.
“But Bill, isn’t it a problem when science guys attempt to bully other people?,” she asked. “I mean, Nick here had to say ‘I’m not a denier’ … because really the science group has tried to shame anyone who dares question this.”
Watch the debate unfold below: