As his Cosmos finale approaches, pop scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson sat down for Chris Mooney‘s “Inquiring Minds” podcast to discuss the show and, at one point, slam Republicans for their majority belief that climate change either doesn’t exist or is not at all the result of human action.
“At some point, I don’t know how much energy they have to keep fighting it,” Tyson said of his opponents. “It’s an emergent scientific truth.”
He added that flat-out denying the science is bad politics. “The Republican Party, so many of its members are resistant to embracing the facts of climate change that the legislation that they should be eager to influence, they’re left outside the door. Because they think the debate is whether or not it’s happening, rather than what policy and legislation can serve their interests going forward.”
Tyson was more optimistic about his show, however, telling Mooney that the science program’s success will “open up [TV programmers’] definition of what can be in primetime television,” he said.
The Cosmos finale airs tonight on Fox at 9 p.m. ET.
Listen below, via Inquiring Minds: