Non-Scientist ‘Science Guy’ at College Commencement: ‘Climate change is a real deal. So, hey deniers — cut it out, and let’s get to work’

Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm

One sure way to get people to come over to your side is by calling them deniers. That should work.

Graduation day at Rutgers University is a chance for students to relax after four years of college and celebrate with family and friends before entering the real world.

Or, when Bill Nye is the keynote speaker, it’s a reminder that the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is rising and its future may be a “no-way-out overheated globe.”

Nye, the bow-tied host of “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” used his speech at Rutgers’ commencement Sunday as a platform to tell students they must find a way to stop climate change.

Though it wasn’t the message some graduates were expecting, several said they were happy to get another lesson from the scientist they grew up watching.

“It’s a heavy topic, but it’s something that was necessary to address,” said Jesse Bagley, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science and biomedical engineering. “He’s right. We all have an opportunity to make a choice as far as that goes, so it was something that we needed to hear.”

Nye urged students to challenge those who dismiss climate change. The scientific consensus on climate change is as strong as the consensus that smoking causes cancer, he said.

Climate change is a real deal,” he said. “So, hey deniers — cut it out, and let’s get to work.

Students chanted “Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill Bill!” before Nye’s speech, a nod to his show’s theme song, and said his speech was “awesome” afterward.

It’s to be expected that any graduation speaker will plug their own politics, said Michael Bruchert, who earned a degree in journalism and media studies.

I learned from Bill Nye probably more than any other science class because he is so awesome, and I was was so excited to see him speak today,” Bruchert said.

Enjoy you’re future of unemployment, kid. By the way, why is someone with a degree in mechanical engineering called a science guy?

Along with talking about climate change, Nye encouraged students to vote and briefly mentioned racial conflict, saying skin color is a consequence of ultraviolet light, latitude and climate.

“There really is no such thing as race,” Nye said. “We all came from Africa. We are all of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a Pale Blue Dot in the vastness of space. We have to work together.”

No such thing as race? Might want to let his buddy know.

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