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On certain cable news channels these days, it seems like every story is a chance to subtly (or not-so-subtly) score points for some political position. Which is why this appearance by Bill Nye on Fox News is so refreshing to watch, and so disturbing at the same time.

Nye, better known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is no stranger to televised comedy, having gotten his start in Seattle on KING-5’s Almost Live sketch comedy show.

But the segment on Fox was ostensibly a serious discussion about an interesting piece of scientific news, the discovery of volcanoes on the moon. Until Fox News anchor Jon Scott asked if the discovery didn’t throw a wrench into theories about global warming here on Earth.

“You know, it’s not like we’ve been up there burning fossil fuels,” Scott said.

After taking a deep breath, Nye explained that volcanoes aren’t caused by the burning of fossil fuels, before going on to give a brief dissertation about scientific discoveries related to climate change.

Later on, he delivered this gem: “The great thing about science is … it’s true for all of us. You can run the test, I can run the test, and we try to get the same results. And if we don’t, then we find out why.”

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