And why would this public figure declare that we should stop listening to public figures on the topic of greenhouse gasses and the like? It probably has something to do with Bill Nye's recent suggestion that he is open to jail time for climate change deniers. Bill was responding to a comment made initially by environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. that those who insist that nothing strange is happening with the weather should be locked up like war criminals. You might recognize Mister Kennedy's name from his radio show and his family's dabbling in politics over they years. Bill Nye? He was just agreeing with the guy on the radio.
Ms. Palin doesn't think it's responsible, especially since she believes that Bill Nye "is as much a scientist as I am." Pretty tough words from the former hockey mom and former sportscaster and former, well, you know. The thing is, Bill has a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell, where he regularly returns as a guest lecturer. He worked for Boeing, where he developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor. He has been an aeronautics consultant. He never got to be an astronaut, even though he applied to NASA several times. But not because he was as much of a scientist as Sarah Palin. Maybe it's because they both had their own TV shows. Bill's ran for one hundred episodes. Sarah's didn't. So, I figure it's okay if we all agree that Bill Nye, the "scientist" stops running his mouth about climate change, as long as Sarah Palin never speaks about anything again. Ever.