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Bill Nye Joins John Oliver For Blistering Takedown of Green New Deal Critics: ‘The Planet’s on F*cking Fire’

For one night, Bill Nye the Science Guy became Bill Nye the uncensored prophet of doom — thanks to HBO funnyman John Oliver.

At the close of a comprehensive fact-check debunking some of the myths about the Green New Deal on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, Oliver introduced Nye for a… demonstration, of sorts.

“Bill, please, please!” A giddy Oliver said. “Do you have a fun experiment for us.”

Cut to Nye — equipped with, among other items, a globe and a blowtorch.

“Safety glasses on,” Nye decreed.

The Science Guy proceeded to state that, by century’s end, the average temperature on earth could rise by four to eight degrees.

“What I’m saying is, the planet’s on fucking fire,” Nye said — taking the blowtorch to his globe.

There are potential fixes, Nye said — pointing to a blanket, a fire extinguisher, and some sand. But any climate fix, he noted, will cost money.

“Nothing’s free you idiots!” Nye said. “Grow the fuck up! You’re not children anymore.

“I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis! Got it?!”

With that, Nye announced that his experiment was over.

“Safety glasses off, motherfuckers.”

Watch above, via HBO. (The relevant portion begins at the 18:45 mark.)

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