Tucker Carlson squared off with TV scientist Bill Nye on the topic of climate change, with Carlson taking particular issue with Nye’s recent assertion that climate change deniers are simply suffering from mental problems.
Carlson opened the interview by slamming Nye for blaming “cognitive dissonance” for skepticism on the topic of climate change, pointing out that Nye once advocated for deniers to be jailed for war crimes.
Nye countered by claiming that cognitive dissonance is a “feature” of the human experience that occurs when evidence contradicts what a person believes is true.
Later, Carlson attempted to get Nye to answer to what degree humans are responsible for speeding up climate change. After much hesitation, Nye claimed that humans were “100 percent” responsible.
The interview took an aggressive turn at several points, with Carlson going as far as to accuse Nye of abandoning his role as a scientist to act as a popularizer.
“So much of this you don’t know,” Carlson said during a heated exchange. “You pretend that you know, but you don’t know, and you bully people who ask questions… I’m open-minded, you are not.”