Bill Nye Laments climate debate: ‘The deniers have been very successful — surprisingly successful’
CBS News: How come environmental causes — climate change, specifically — have not been brought to the forefront of political debate this year? Domestic, international, and economic issues are at the center, but we really aren’t talking about the environment this cycle. Why is that?
Well, first of all, I’m not telling anyone who to vote for. In my opinion, it’s all due to who I call “the deniers.” The deniers have been very successful — surprisingly successful — because they are almost exclusively funded by the fossil fuel industry. So this whole anti-science movement has been set up to preserve an economy that is going away. The rest of the world is moving away from fossil fuels in order to do business, but not the United States. You know, I, as an engineer, as a citizen by birth, as a patriot — I would prefer that the United States was leading the world in renewable energy. I’d prefer the United States to be leading, but the deniers have been able to influence the power brokers so successfully. The United States has hardly done anything to counteract that. The U.S. has just scratched the surface.
Depending on whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins the election, how do you see this changing? Will it change?
If the election goes to the candidate who is in favor of addressing climate change and preserving the environment it will move in one way, but if it goes the other way, it will be very difficult — it will lower the quality of life for billions of people. Unites States has to be a world leader when it comes to the environment.