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Sarah Palin is going all out against climate change and against science, which apparently includes wanting to debate Bill Nye, and then letting all of us find out that she was really debating video clips. Now, she’s decided to try and discredit him by throwing out an insult that is just flat silly. She actually said:

“Bill Nye is as much as scientist as I am. He’s a kids’ show actor, he’s not a scientist.”

Don’t make us laugh too hard, it hurts. Sarah Palin does a fantastic job of making us all look dumber to the rest of the world, and needs to shut her flytrap once and for all. Just for review, Bill Nye has done everything from work as an engineer for Boeing, to develope a special sundial for the Mars Rovers. He has also served as vice president and executive director for The Planetary Society, which is one of the largest space-interest groups in the world.

Besides all that, he has his own climate lab at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California.

Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is a half-term governor and failed vice-presidential candidate. She’s won beauty contests and has a degree in journalism, and fancies herself a smart politician. She’s anything but, especially given her penchant for long, nonsensical rants on Facebook and in person. In the 2012 presidential election cycle, her support was a kiss of death.

She supports Donald Trump now, though, and one of the many things Donald Trump is famous for is talking about how climate change must be a hoax because it’s cold and snowy outside. He also once said that climate change was a hoax that China created. He later tried to walk that back by saying he was joking, but that’s really hard to believe.

These days, Palin wouldn’t know science if it came up and bit her, particularly climate science. Strangely, though, during her short tenure as Alaska’s governor, she did accept climate science. In her first year, she issued an administrative order that created the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet, based on how Alaska was warming, and its glaciers were melting. In that order, she said:

“Climate change is not just an environmental issue. It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans. As a result of this warming, coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, retreating sea ice, record forest fires, and other changes are affecting, and will continue to affect, the lifestyles and livelihoods of Alaskans.”

Alas, that was then and this is now. Her change in position is exactly in line with the typical Republican, making her a panderer, not someone serious about changing things for the better. After everything she’s said about climate change since she decided it wasn’t real, she has some nerve trying to insult an actual scientist like Bill Nye. She couldn’t even attempt to play a good scientist on two-bit television show.

 

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