Bill Nye Praises Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘She Sees That Fear Is Dividing Us’

Bill Nye surprised Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Saturday to pledge his support of her climate change reform efforts.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke as a panelist at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas.

Among those in attendance was Bill Nye, who was immediately greeted with a standing ovation from Ocasio-Cortez.

Nye’s question was not directly about climate change policy, but rather how to combat the fear that others have towards it.

“As you may know, I’m a white guy, I belong to two unions. But I think, I think the problem on both sides is fear,” Nye explained.

Ocasio-Cortez showed no hesitation, as she immediately agreed, “Yep.”

“People are afraid — people of my ancestry are afraid of having to pay for everything as immigrants come into this country,” he stated.

“Do you have a plan to work with people in Congress that are afraid?” he asked.

“I think that’s going on with many conservatives especially when it comes to climate change. People are just afraid of what will happen if we try to make these big changes.”

Watch the moment below:

The congresswoman was very eager to answer Nye’s question, saying, “So, I think one of the keys to dismantling fear is dismantling a zero-sum mentality.”

“It means the rejection outright of the logic that says someone else’s gain necessitates my loss,” she said, arguing that due to the increasing capacities of productivity “we can give, without a take.”

Nye tweeted his support for Ocasio-Cortez’s efforts later that day, saying, “AOC gets it. 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.”

Ocasio-Cortez is one of the co-sponsors of the Green New Deal and although she has received criticism from both sides of the aisle, she has not wavered on her belief that it is a policy that America needs to implement.

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I don’t see any “fear” which I am to understand is basically a fear of the hoaxes invented for the normal peoples’ consumption by the Socialists. What I do see is both “anger” at what this Nation may become under the impractical implementation of a Socialist agenda and a “threat”… Read more »

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Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer without actual science degrees or training in climatology. It is too PERFECT that he’s teams with Obtuse-Commie, with degrees in economics and international relations who is ignorant in both. She cannot even do basic math. Does anyone else have doubts of someone who cannot budget… Read more »

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If we are going to move any needles, we need to include nuclear power. Sweden switched over to nuclear power over the course of about 30 years. For about 10 years, Germany has gone big on green power and barely moved any needles. What they have done is important, but… Read more »

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Fear can be a debilitating, primal reaction and conservative institutions and spokespeople know how to weaponize fear.

You can see it practiced here at IJR, for example.

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…and in your posts.

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question: if socialism is such a perfect solution, why are you still here? Why do you keep wishing/hoping for something that will not happen in the US? Are your that needy and fascist? Move to Canada, if they’ll have you. (doubtful you meet the means test for investment). Consider Venezuela… Read more »

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…if you are that selfish to have others pay for you, then you’d better work on your bona fides.

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“If things are so bad here, why don’t you just move?” A simpleton question asked by people who are afraid. I stay here because I would love to see the US become a better place for everyone. “Why do you keep wishing/hoping for something that will not happen in the… Read more »

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