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Comedian John Oliver and Bill Nye Team Up to Defend Climate Change (VIDEO)

May 13, 2014 10:55 AM EDT
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On a recent episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver teamed up with Bill Nye "the Science Guy" to defend climate change and criticize all the non-believers out there.

According to the Austrian Tribune, 97 percent of scientists around the world unanimously believe that climate change is real, and yet one in four Americans still deny its existence, believing that politicians and media are exaggerating the effects of global warming.

The climate debate especially escalated with the release of the US Global Change Research Program's National Climate Assessment on May 6, detailing the ways that climate change is already being felt across the country, The Huffington Post reported.

"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the report says in its introduction.

A common argument against this trend is that the change is a cyclical one which humans have no impact on, according to the Science Recorder.

But Bill Nye dismissed this standpoint by simply saying, "John, humans are causing climate change, no question."

Oliver set up a debate between Nye and a climate change denier, but invited 96 other scientists to appear alongside Nye, calling it the "only mathematically fair way to do it."

Oliver also had two additional climate change deniers join in to create a "statistically representative" debate, opposed to the usual one-on-one discussion. Oliver and Nye summed up their comedic stunt by saying that the only question up for debate is not whether or not climate change exists, but how scientists and politicians should act to mitigate its effects. Oliver notes that the news media that has misinformed 42 percent of Americans about climate change.

President Barack Obama recently decided to take action against the rapidly changing climate and its potentially lethal effects with his $1 billion plan towards climate research.

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