Famous liberal scientist Bill Nye is under fire from leftists for his decision to attend the State of the Union. Nye is attending President Trump's first State of the Union Address as the special guest of NASA nominee Jim Bridenstine.
Liberals even started a petition to prevent him from attending. The petition asked Nye to cancel his plan to attend as "a special guest of Trump’s climate-denying NASA nominee."
The petition wrote, "Bill Nye has been a stalwart voice against the Trump administration’s climate denial in the past year. Meanwhile, Jim Bridenstine is exactly the opposite: a climate denying, fossil fuel-funded politician who has no business running NASA. As a member of Congress from Oklahoma, Bridenstine has already racked up $170,000 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. Even though he refutes the science of climate change and has no scientific background, he just moved one step closer to becoming the head of NASA."
They concluded: "Tell Bill Nye today: Don’t support the Trump administration’s disastrous climate denial agenda by attending the State of the Union as Jim Bridenstine’s guest."
People also took to Twitter to denounce him. Most notably, the Scientific American published an article said he doesn't speak for them or science.
However, instead of rescinding his plans, Nye is pushing back. He tweeted his response to the controversy.
"Tomorrow night I will attend the State of the Union as a guest of Congressman Jim Bridenstine—nominee for NASA Administrator—who extended me an invitation in my role as CEO of The Planetary Society," the science educator and engineer tweeted on Monday night.
He continued, "While the Congressman and I disagree on a great many issues—we share a deep respect for NASA and its achievements and a strong interest in the future of space exploration. My attendance tomorrow should not be interpreted as an endorsement of this administration, or of Congressman Bridenstine's nomination, or seen as an acceptance of the recent attacks on science and the scientific community."
He concluded: "Historically, the Space Program has brought Americans together, and during his address, I hope to hear the President’s plans to continue exploring the space frontier."
The Oklahoma Republican said in a statement that he invited Nye because he has inspired "countless young people to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math."