Bill Nye: Green industry needs good welders

Bill Nye the Science Guy told an audience in San Antonio that a green future relies on industry.

Bill Nye the Science Guy told an audience in San Antonio that a green future relies on industry.

The secret to fame and fortune — and a greener earth — may lie in some simple plumbing and welding.

That's the message Bill Nye the Science Guy left with the audience at Thursday’s Solar San Antonio annual luncheon.

The TV scientist, engineer, author and inventor lamented that biggest roadblock to solar-boosted hot water systems is the complicated plumbing connection.

Inventing a plug-and-play solar water system would be the commercial discovery of the century. America should step forward and pioneer the craftmanship, Nye urged the crowd.

“Who knows how to weld better than the United States? Except maybe Holland?” Nye asked. “We can do this.”

Nye’s latest project is hosting a show on Planet Green called “Stuff Happens.” It’s about environmentally responsible choices that consumers can make as they go about their day. This show also features Nye’s good-natured rivalry with neighbor Ed Begley. They compete to see who can save the most energy and produce the smallest carbon footprint.

Nye has 4,000 watts of solar power and a solar-boosted hot water system.

Read more in the San Antonio Business Journal.

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