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:
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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.”
— Bill Nye (@BillNye) March 10, 2019
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.