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Bill Nye knocks Trump officials: US taking 'extraordinary steps in the wrong direction' on climate

Environmentalist and children's television host Bill Nye tore into President Trump on Friday evening over his stance on climate change, arguing his administration is going in the "wrong direction."

"Everybody, we have a chance to do this right, to save the world for humans. The earth's going to be here no matter what we do. We want to save it for us," Nye said on MSNBC. "The current administration is taking extraordinary steps in the wrong direction."

Nye has been one of the most vocal critics of the president's environmental policies, labeling his administration the "anti-science movement."

Nye's remarks come on the heels of July being declared the planet's hottest month on record.

Trump has taken several steps that concern environmentalists, including withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate accord and pushing to roll back Obama-era energy regulations.

"His bluster is very troubling, and it makes it harder for everybody. Instead of being the world leader technologically in addressing climate change, the United States has become a pariah," Nye said. "Having the administration continually fight against science is really troubling."

The administration most recently raised eyebrows when it finalized a controversial rollback of protections for endangered species that, among other things, allows economic factors to be weighed before adding an animal to the list.

"It's just sort of old-fashioned thinking, that somehow you can manage resources and eliminate species and ecosystems and still count on everything working okay," Nye said. "When you reduce diversity in ecosystems, biodiversity, ecosystems are less resilient."