John Oliver and Bill Nye Mock Climate Skeptics [VIDEO]

John Oliver and Bill Nye Mock Climate Skeptics: ‘You Don’t Need Peopleโ€™s Opinion on a Fact’

In addition to the raunchiest faux-news segment in human history (eat your heart out, Jon Stewart), tonightโ€™s edition of HBOโ€™s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver swiped hard at public polling data showing one in four Americans skeptical of anthropogenic climate change.

โ€œWho gives a shit?โ€ Oliver said of that particular Gallup pollโ€™s findings. โ€œYou donโ€™t need peopleโ€™s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: โ€˜Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?โ€™ or โ€˜Do owls exist?โ€™ or โ€˜Are there hats?โ€™โ€

โ€œThe debate on climate change ought not to be whether or not it exists,โ€ he continued. โ€œIt is what we should do about. There is a mountain of research on this topic.โ€

โ€œThe only accurate way to report that one out of four Americans are skeptical of global warming is to say, โ€˜A poll finds that one in four Americans are wrong about something,โ€™โ€ he added. โ€œBecause a survey of thousands of scientific papers either took a position on climate change found that 97 percent endorsed the positions that humans are causing global warming.โ€

And yet the public continually expresses skepticism of the science, Oliver said, perhaps assisted by cable newsโ€™ insistence on depicting a one-on-one debate between a โ€œskepticโ€ (or โ€œsome dudeโ€) and a global warming โ€œbeliever,โ€ most typically Bill Nye the Science Guy.

โ€œIf there has to be a debate about the reality of climate change โ€” and there doesnโ€™t โ€” then there is only one mathematically fair way to do it,โ€ he said before turning to Bill Nye himself for a more โ€œaccurateโ€ version of how the climate change debate should occur.

[mediaite/HBO]