Watch Bill Nye debate climate change with a congresswoman

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He started with evolution. Up next on the docket: climate change. Of course, in his last debate, Bill Nye's opponent was a man best known for providing the world with life-sized dioramas of people hanging out with dinosaurs. This time his opponent was a six-term Republican congresswoman.

"What we need do is to look at the information that we're getting from climate scientists," said Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, before completely dismissing all the information we've gotten from climate scientists. "There is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this," insisted Blackburn, presumably referring to the rise in global temperatures, and not to the dull throbbing pain that began deep in my head shortly after hearing this.


"You don't need a PhD in climate science to understand what's going on. We have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing," Bill Nye countered, before going on to point to some of that evidence. "There is no debate in the scientific community," he added.

You can watch the whole debate, which took place on Meet the Press on Sunday, below. Since scientists have already settled the debate over climate change (real and alarming), though, we have another question for you to debate: Do debates over topics that have already been settled by scientific consensus play an important role in increasing public awareness and education, or do they just set up a false equivalency between a position that is backed by science and facts, and one that isn't?

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