The Green New Deal, which Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey introduced earlier this year, aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and secure clean air and water for all.
During his appearance, Nye also tried his hand at explaining “carbon pricing” in laymen’s terms.
“When we release carbon, say, by burning coal or driving an SUV, all of us pay for that in the form of things like fires, floods and crop failures. Putting a fee on carbon creates incentives to emit less carbon, and, more importantly, it also incentivizes the development of low-carbon technology, which is huge, because that’s vital to reducing emissions globally,” he said.
“And because for some reason, John, you’re a 42-year-old man who needs his attention sustained by tricks, here’s some f—ing Mentos and a bottle of Diet Coke. Happy now?” Nye jokingly added, before demonstrating the reaction between the carbonated beverage and mints.
Nye previously called out climate change skeptics in season 1 of his Netflix series