The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
'AOC Gets It': Bill Nye Supports Ocasio-Cortez and Her Efforts to Fight Climate Change
Ocasio-Cortez has co-sponsored a Green New Deal resolution with Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey that calls for a 10 year program to reach net zero greenhouse-gas emissions, wean the U.S. off of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, shift to 100 percent renewable energy and do so while promoting green jobs and helping communities on the frontlines of climate change.
"AOC gets it," Nye tweeted from the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin Saturday. "She sees that fear is dividing us. We can address income inequality. We can address climate change, if we get together and get to work."
Nye made a surprise appearance during the question and answer portion of Ocasio-Cortez' talk at the popular SXSW festival, where prominent figures in politics, the arts, media and business give talks, The Huffington Post reported.
"I think the problem on both sides is fear," Nye said. "People are afraid, people of my ancestry are afraid of having to pay for everything as immigrants come into this country. People who work at the diner in Alabama are afraid to try to ask for what is reasonable. So do you have a plan to work with people in Congress that are afraid?"
"One of the keys to dismantling fear," Ocasio-Cortez responded, 'is dismantling a zero-sum mentality," which she defined as "the logic that says someone else's gain necessitates my loss."
In her response, she also called on listeners to make their opinions known to their representatives, since most of the congresspeople she has spoken to blame their lack of environmental action on the wants of their constituents. Finally, she spoke of the importance of courage as an antidote to fear.
"Courage is about our future and fear is just about anxiety. And if you're sick and tired of being an anxious nation, then you have to just be rejecting fear outright," she said.
Ocasio-Cortez is also clearly a fan of the famous scientist. She stood and applauded when he stood to ask his question and began chanting "Bill, Bill, Bill" before her response.
You can watch the whole exchange here:
AOC Surprised by Bill Nye at SXSW www.youtube.com
Nye has emerged as a strong advocate for science and for climate action. In a 2017 documentary about his science advocacy, he even sat down with climate denier Joe Bastardi.
"Climate change is happening, it's our fault and we've got to get to work on this," he said in the film's trailer.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can teach Bill Shorten a thing or two ... ›
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline ... ›
- How Bill Nye, Science Guy, Became the Face of Climate Change ... ›
- Bill Nye: Trump Administration Will Be 'Last Gasp of the Anti-Science ... ›
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Criticizes Capitalism, Moderates at SXSW ... ›
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
Global Banks, Led by JPMorgan Chase, Invested $1.9 Trillion in Fossil Fuels Since Paris Climate Pact
By Sharon Kelly
A report published Wednesday names the banks that have played the biggest recent role in funding fossil fuel projects, finding that since 2016, immediately following the Paris agreement's adoption, 33 global banks have poured $1.9 trillion into financing climate-changing projects worldwide.
By Patti Lynn
2018 was a groundbreaking year in the public conversation about climate change. Last February, The New York Times reported that a record percentage of Americans now believe that climate change is caused by humans, and there was a 20 percentage point rise in "the number of Americans who say they worry 'a great deal' about climate change."
England faces an "existential threat" if it does not change how it manages its water, the head of the country's Environment Agency warned Tuesday.
By Jessica Corbett
A new analysis revealed Tuesday that over the past two decades heat records across the U.S. have been broken twice as often as cold ones—underscoring experts' warnings about the increasingly dangerous consequences of failing to dramatically curb planet-warming emissions.
By Madison Dapcevich
Ask any resident of San Francisco about the waterfront parrots, and they will surely tell you a story of red-faced conures squawking or dive-bombing between building peaks. Ask a team of researchers from the University of Georgia, however, and they will tell you of a mysterious string of neurological poisonings impacting the naturalized flock for decades.
The initial cause of the fire was not yet known, but it has been driven by the strong wind and jumped the North Santiam River, The Salem Statesman Journal reported. As of Tuesday night, it threatened around 35 homes and 30 buildings, and was 20 percent contained.
The unanimous verdict was announced Tuesday in San Francisco in the first federal case to be brought against Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, alleging that repeated use of the company's glyphosate-containing weedkiller caused the plaintiff's cancer. Seventy-year-old Edwin Hardeman of Santa Rosa, California said he used Roundup for almost 30 years on his properties before developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"Today's verdict reinforces what another jury found last year, and what scientists with the state of California and the World Health Organization have concluded: Glyphosate causes cancer in people," Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook said in a statement. "As similar lawsuits mount, the evidence will grow that Roundup is not safe, and that the company has tried to cover it up."
Judge Vince Chhabria has split Hardeman's trial into two phases. The first, decided Tuesday, focused exclusively on whether or not Roundup use caused the plaintiff's cancer. The second, to begin Wednesday, will assess if Bayer is liable for damages.
"We are disappointed with the jury's initial decision, but we continue to believe firmly that the science confirms glyphosate-based herbicides do not cause cancer," Bayer spokesman Dan Childs said in a statement reported by The Guardian. "We are confident the evidence in phase two will show that Monsanto's conduct has been appropriate and the company should not be liable for Mr. Hardeman's cancer."
Some legal experts said that Chhabria's decision to split the trial was beneficial to Bayer, Reuters reported. The company had complained that the jury in Johnson's case had been distracted by the lawyers' claims that Monsanto had sought to mislead scientists and the public about Roundup's safety.
However, a remark made by Chhabria during the trial and reported by The Guardian was blatantly critical of the company.
"Although the evidence that Roundup causes cancer is quite equivocal, there is strong evidence from which a jury could conclude that Monsanto does not particularly care whether its product is in fact giving people cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about the issue," he said.
Many regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, have ruled that glyphosate is safe for humans, but the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer found it was "probably carcinogenic to humans" in 2015. A university study earlier this year found that glyphosate use increased cancer risk by as much as 41 percent.
Hardeman's lawyers Jennifer Moore and Aimee Wagstaff said they would now reveal Monsanto's efforts to mislead the public about the safety of its product.
"Now we can focus on the evidence that Monsanto has not taken a responsible, objective approach to the safety of Roundup," they wrote in a statement reported by The Guardian.
Hardeman's case is considered a "bellwether" trial for the more than 760 glyphosate cases Chhabria is hearing. In total, there are around 11,200 such lawsuits pending in the U.S., according to Reuters.
University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias told Reuters that Tuesday's decision showed that the verdict in Johnson's case was not "an aberration," and could possibly predict how future juries in the thousands of pending cases would respond.