Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) had a few words about climate change in a mini-debate on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday with Bill Nye, “The Science Guy.”
"What we have to do is look at the information we get from climate scientists, and as you said, there is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this," said Blackburn, the vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
She quickly pointed out that Nye is not a scientist, rather and an "engineer and actor."
A ruffled Nye retorted, “This is unscientific, this is not logical. It is a way, apparently, that the fossil fuel industry had dealt with our politics. This is not good. You don’t need a PhD in climate science to understand what’s going on, that we have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing. That you cannot tie any one event to that is not the same as doubt about the whole thing.”
An unruffled Blackburn replied, “What you have to do is you have to look at what that warming is. When you look at the fact that we have gone from 320 parts per million , 0.032 to 0.040, 400 parts per million carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, you realize it’s very slight.”
The debate went back and forth with Blackburn clearly unnerving Nye who one could tell thought it was going to be a “quite” debate.
"That’s 30 percent. I mean, that’s an enormous change. And it’s changing the world. And that’s just over the last few decades,” Nye said.
An amused moderator, David Gregory, broke in, "something is happening," citing Superstorm Sandy (2012), which he concluded was causing concern with the nation's debts.
Blackburn appeared stupefied by his comment.
"It is expensive when you look at the cleanup.” She added cost-benefit analysis must come into play as to whether developing policy to determine if enacting regulations to protect against climate change are worth the costs to industry and the economy.
Nye said, "What we want to do is not just less, but do more for less. I want the United States to lead the world in this. The more we mess around with this denial, the more we lose."
Blackburn countered with that hundreds of carbon-burning power plants are "coming up in other nations right now. She added, "carbon emissions are at the lowest they have been since 1994. The reason for that is efficiency."
The debate will rage until the Democrats plan to silence critics over the Obamacare debacle comes to the forefront around this summer before the dreaded midterm elections in November.
That is, for Democrats.
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