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  1. Hello Mr. Nye! You have shown great enthusiasm for Mark Z. Jacobson’s work, claiming we can switch to 100% wind, water and solar power if we just “decided to do it.” A few months ago, a group of scientists (Clack et al.) refuted this claim in a PNAS article, because Jacobson said we could increase hydro by a factor of ten to make his model work, even though there is not nearly enough precipitation available. Now, just recently, Jacobson is suing the National Academy of Sciences for defamation and “fraudulent claims.” It seems like science should not be decided in court. Do you still support this man? Even though climate scientists James Hansen, Kerry Emanuel, Tom Wigley, and Ken Caldeira state the need for nuclear is non-negotiable because the numbers don’t add up without it? It is evidently true that the only highly-decarbonized grids like France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Ontario and Costa Rica are hugely based on hydro and/or nuclear power. Nuclear has evidence to be the best tool in our climate toolkit, but yet you appear to be dismissing it, because the politics surrounding it are unpopular, similar to your previous stance on GM crops. Your thoughts?

  2. This is a great question. From what I've read, the reason Dr. Jacobson is suing the National Academy has to do with some details regarding publishing debunking claims in unilateral fashion, to wit, without giving him a chance to defend his figuring. From what I can infer from your question, you've decided the case. Well, we'll see.

  3. Great to see you here! Bill Nye the Science Guy was one of my favorite shows growing up. Science does indeed rule.

  4. Uh.... I don't have one favorite. Stargate was cool. So was Amy Schumer. I just shot a scene with the Muppets for an upcoming Sesame Street. I got the crew to laugh (not easy). I love playing Professor Rubicon on Miles From Tomorrow Land. Turn them all up loud!

  5. Bill, Should I continue being a paramedic or just go for it and try to become an emergency department physician?

  6. Go for it! People seldom regret what they do; they, or we, regret what we don't do!

  7. Bill, what was it like collaborating with Tyler, the Creator for the theme song for the new show? What made you choose him initially? Do you have an ongoing friendship with him?

  8. Oh we hang out all the time. He comes by The Planetary Society; we talk about the cosmos and our place in space.

  9. Thank you for sharing this. I had a great time with all of you, and I hope you really enjoyed the movie - I'm glad I can do these things and hear your thoughts without a filter. I also hope your selfies came out and we didn't miss anyone.

  10. Thank you for having me, Governor. The movie was a freakin' blast. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

  11. I'm so glad you had fun - that's some of the best praise I could hope for. Now I'm looking forward to teaming up to fight for the environment together!

  12. Yes!! Let's (dare I say it...) change the world!

  13. As the CEO of the Planetary Society, I'm curious to know you future hopes for the organization? Future space club in 2142?

  14. I believe the Society with its members and community can convince citizens of Earth to make sure we fund missions to look for signs of life on other worlds, especially Mars and Europa. Such a discovery would utterly change this world. Our LightSail™ launch next week is part of that big idea effort. Planetary Science Rules!

  15. Learn that method: Observe, Hypothesize, Test, Compare what you expected to happen with what did happen. Then, I'm not kidding, start to have letters represent numbers. Science is based on measurements. Algebra is a key to your future. Science Rules!!

  16. If someone were to make a movie about you, who would you like to see play as you?

  17. Some extraordinary good-looking, charming young man.

  18. Hi Bill! I saw you when you spoke at the University of Nevada, Reno a couple years ago. You put together a fantastically entertaining and educational presentation. Thank you for that.

  19. Hey everyone, I've got to get to the next adventure today. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments. Let's change the world. Science Rules!

  20. I thought dark energy was responsible for the expansion of the universe, not dark matter...?

  21. Hey everyone. This is a reddit post. I am not able to offer connections to dark matter, dark energy, and darkons (particles responsible for their interaction) in just a few words. What ever it or they are, is largely unknown. Here's hoping you all figure it out in my lifetime.

  22. Ages ago, in the mid 90s, I sat in front of you at an M's game (M's vs. Orioles, 3rd base side and 4 or 5 rows up, if I recall correctly). I knew you were behind me and I was terribly excited that I was sitting so close to someone I respected very much (for the science and Almost Live!)! I didn't want to bug you AT ALL, but I did keep sneaking peeks behind me to make sure I wasn't seeing things.

  23. Stories like yours. No kidding, that's lovely. Thank you, and thank you all for your wonderful words. It's after 16:30 here in the Pacific Time Zone. I've got to fly. I'll be back my O my, Bill Nye the Science Guy.

  24. Just wanted to say thanks for coming to NewSpace Bill. What is your favorite space event ever?

  25. My favorite space event is yet to come. Next weekend, when we land on Mars. Did I mention Planetfest? ;-)

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