What If Bill Nye Were Secretary Of Energy? (Video)

The U.S. Government recently made a decision to release millions of barrels of emergency reserve oil to the open market in hopes that it will drive down gas prices over the summer. Meanwhile, solar, wind, and other forms of renewable energy are still struggling to get the research and development dollars they deserve.

Between pressure from environmental advocates frustrated by the government’s inaction on climate change, and demands made by the wealthy fossil fuel industry, there are few who envy Steven Chu’s job as Secretary of Energy.

When Planet Forward met up with Bill Nye at the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards last week, they asked the “Science Guy” what changes he would make if offered the job.

Here’s what he said:

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greenplanet e.
greenplanet e.2 years ago

It would be better.

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

The best shot at getting fossil fuel firms to tolerate renewable energy is to help the fossil fuel companies turn themselves into renewable energy firms--at least as profitable as they are now as fossil fuel companies. Switching from cap and trade to a carbon emissions tax and counting investment in renewable energy as payment of the tax might help if some additional subsidy for the investment in renewable energy available ONLY to fossil fuel companies changing into renewable energy companies were thrown in.

Jen Smith
Jennifer Smith4 years ago

Somehow I am just not comfortable having the "entertaining one" in charge of the nuclear safety of the country. We do an incredibly poor job with the seemingly non-entertaining individuals in charge now.

Scott M.
Its wonderful e.4 years ago

There are many totally unqualified people in Govt, one more, who can be entertaining, would be good for a laugh.

Jen Smith
Jennifer Smith4 years ago

To allow an individual who did not know the difference between helium and hydrogen, its reaction potential, and made his ignorance known on CNN during the international incident known as Fukushima. To allow him to be the Secretary of Energy while there are still nuclear reactors operating in the country would be irresponsible at best. I don't know what area he holds his degree, but he has proven an ignoramus when it comes to basic chemical and physical principles, such as nuclear reactions and the roles and capabilities of noble gases.

Marie W.
Marie W.4 years ago

I'm all for it.

Lilithe Magdalene

Bill ALWAYS has my vote!

Debra K.
Debra K.4 years ago

Perhaps we could petition President Obama to ask Mr. Nye if he would be interested in being the new energy czar. We could certainly use him or someone just like him.