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Bill Nye, John Oliver Poke Fun at Climate Change Debate in Parody Skit

By Nick Sanchez   |   Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:18 AM

Comedian John Oliver hosted Bill Nye "The Science Guy" on his new HBO show, "Last Week Tonight," this week to debate climate change once again. The debate, however, was not a one-on-one, The Wrap reported.

According to Oliver's rationale, the debate about anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming is settled, because 97 percent of climate science papers conclude that human activity is the cause of warming temperatures. Because of the overwhelming consensus, he said a debate was not necessary, but if there was to be one, it should be representative of the current consensus.

"You don't need people's opinion on a fact," Oliver said, setting up the debate. "You might as well have a poll asking: 'Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?' or 'Do owls exist?' or 'Are there hats?'"

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Because of all this, he was hosting what he called "A Statistically Representative Climate Change Debate," meaning 97 scientists led by Nye would take on 3 climate skeptics.

The parody debate thus commenced with Nye on one side of Oliver's desk, and what appeared to be an actor playing a climate change skeptic on the other side.

Nye was chomping at the bit, ready to dive into the debate. Oliver stopped him short, however, and brought in two more climate skeptics to the desk. They sat down, at which time he ushered in 96 scientists in white lab coats. The scientists surrounded the desk, and upon Oliver's cue, began shouting and waving their folders, drowning out anything the skeptics could have said.

"I cannot hear you over the weight of scientific evidence," Oliver says to the skeptics as he stands up on his desk to get a clear view over the crowd. Then, turning to the audience at home, he shouts, "This whole debate should not have happened," as the skit came to an end.

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