In a video released by the White House this Friday, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and President Barack Obama got together to discuss the topic of climate change, while criticizing lawmakers who claim the phenomenon doesn’t exist.
“When I see members of Congress being part of the climate-denier clubs and basically stiff-arming what we know are facts — and not rebutting them with other facts but rebutting them with anecdote or just being dismissive,” Obama said.
“‘Oh, I’m not a scientist,’” Nye said sarcastically.
“I’m not a scientist, either, but I know a lot of scientists,” Obama replied. “I have the capacity to understand science. The capacity to look at facts and base my conclusions on evidence. Part of shifting our political culture I think, is we’ve gotta model for our kids that facts matter.”
“Teaching science [at the] elementary level is very inexpensive,” Obama said. “We fight these surprising problems about reading and arithmetic and standards problems and so on, it seems like a very solvable problem. We have to invest in the elementary grades.”
“Part of it is also, I think, our culture has to support and elevate science,” Obama added, “Sometimes what we see in the popular culture is, if not a denigration then not an emphasis on science.”