- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and a Tennesssee congresswoman went toe-to-toe over climate change Sunday, a topic that’s heating up as much of the United States suffers from either fierce winter storms or intense drought.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican, said there is no consensus on what is driving extreme weather and changes in climate. Plus, there needs to be a cost-benefit analysis of what can be done about it, she told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“What we have to do is look at the information that we get from climate scientists,” she said. “As you said, there is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this.”

Mr. Nye, who recently debated evolution with creationism proponent Ken Ham, said politicians like Ms. Blackburn are exacerbating America’s problems by casting doubt on scientific evidence.

“So what I would encourage everybody to do is back up and let’s agree on the facts. Would you say that the Antarctic has less ice than it used to?” he said, adding later, “You are a leader. We need you to change things, not deny what’s happening.”