how many moving parts there are in a car and how well they work. I’m not making excuses… [these things] are absolutely a result of science literacy, of having a population of people who understands the significance of science in our everyday lives.”
Eschewing scientific research, Nye concluded, “is not in anybody’s best interest.” But to Nye, legislators have collectively fostered a mistrust of science in the United States. “Somehow I find it very frustrating when stuff like that happens and we all take it for granted,” he said. “Let’s all start pointing fingers without realizing what’s involved.”
Nye has taken science illiterate leaders to task before. He made headlines in April after he lambasted Republicans for their long history of climate change denial. This denial, Nye believes, is contrary to near universal agreement from the world’s top researchers that global warming is not only taking place, but that humans are the main cause. “There’s still a very strong contingent of people who are in denial about climate change,” Nye told CNN at the time. “And if you don’t believe me, look at the three people currently running for president of the world’s most influential country who are … climate change deniers,” referring to the then three Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich.
Kasich, the current governor of Ohio, believes that climate change is definitely occurring. He does not, however, believe that the Environmental Protection Agency should regulate emissions. Trump has used his personal Twitter account to comment on climate change, once claiming that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
In response, Nye called Trump’s statement a “lazy thinking” conspiracy theory.