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Sarah Palin Calls Bill Nye A Kids' Show Actor

On Thursday, Sarah Palin spoke at a Capitol Hill event held to roll out a film that intends to discredit climate scientists. There she spoke about Bill Nye's scientific qualifications by saying “Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am. He’s a kids’ show actor; he’s not a scientist."

In addition, Palin argued that behind the “alarmism” that the climate is changing is a “predetermined” and political agenda “of those, I think, who are controlling the narrative right now on changes in the weather.”

Palin explained that politicians and scientists who believe in climate change are trying to shut down human progress. In the 2008 presidential election, Sarah Palin gained worldwide recognition while running for vice president along Sen. John McCain. She also repeatedly exclaimed, "Drill, baby, drill!" during the campaign to promote more oil and natural gas drilling.

For the 2016 election, she has endorsed Donald Trump. She continued, “It’s something that our candidates should be talking about and giving us their view on and hopefully acknowledging that it needs to become, in the science community, less political. Otherwise, it leads us to believe that so many things coming from perhaps the scientists could be bogus. If this is bogus, you know, what else are they trying to tell us and trying to control us around if they can’t get this one right?”

Nye is a one of the main targets of the film shown Thursday, known as "Climate Hustle." It stars Marc Morano, head of skeptic blog Climate Depot, and is presented largely as a response to "Merchants of Doubt," a documentary attacking skeptics and comparing them to the tobacco industry.

In "Merchants of Doubt," Nye says, “The introduction of this extreme doubt … about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen. So I can see where people are very concerned about this and are pursuing criminal investigations as well engaging in discussions like this … they’re keeping us from getting to work, they’re holding us back.”

Palin responded, “I’m all about mankind. I want life to be better for mankind and that takes development of our natural resources. That’s what allowed America to become exceptional. If anything, some people would say I’m pushing progress and development too aggressively, certainly not holding anybody back, I want people to work, I want people to produce.”

Photo: Gage Skidmore

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