Iconic television host Bill Nye dropped his family-friendly routine to issue a stark warning to climate change deniers.
Nye appeared on “Late Week Tonight” with John Oliver Sunday, who ran a segment explaining why the carbon tax or cap-and-trade aspect of the Green New Deal is vital to reducing emissions.
“By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees,” Nye said, before he set a globe on fire.
“What I’m saying is the planet’s on fucking fire. There are a lot of things we could do to put it out — are any of them free? No, of course not. Nothing’s free, you idiots," Nye said. "Grow the fuck up. You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it? Safety glasses off, motherfuckers.”
Why is carbon tax important?
"The current situation with carbon is critical," Oliver explained. "Which is a little bit weird when you think about it cause we universally agree that polluting is bad and yet it's free to do it."
Nye explained that putting a fee on carbon would inherently drive down the use of carbon.
"When we release carbon, say by burning coal or driving an SUV, all of us pay for that in the form of things like fires, floods and crop failures," he said. "Putting a fee on carbon creates incentives to emit less carbon and more importantly, it also incentivizes the development of low-carbon technology, which is huge because that's vital to reducing emissions globally."
Oliver noted that the UK recently adopted carbon pricing, which has driven carbon dioxide levels to their lowest since 1890.