Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Science Lies: The “Climate Change March” Edition

By now, most people have probably seen some of the viral videos from Bill Nye’s new show – the cringe-worthy “Sex Junk” rap and the just plain disturbing “Ice Cream Cone Orgy” sketch – and you might think that’s the worst of it. But you’d be wrong.

In honor of the upcoming Climate Change March this weekend (not to be confused with the #MarchForScience last weekend apparently), I figured it would be worth watching Bill Nye’s climate change episode (entitled “The Earth is a Hot Mess”). By the end of it I was convinced that the Earth probably isn’t a hot mess but that Bill Nye’s show definitely is. The new show has a new name – it’s no longer Bill Nye the Science Guy but is instead Bill Nye Saves the World. This shifted focus from just exploring science to now engaging in some sort of messianic world-saving truth-telling makes for bad science, bad truth-telling, and bad television. The show is punctuated with boring experiments, meandering sketches, and just random yelling to the point where you start to wonder if Bill Nye is well. It’s not a show about science, but rather a show about #Science or Science (TM) or Sciencism. It’s about pushing a very specific narrative — the facts be damned. The problems with the climate change episode are varied, so let’s start with the basics.