Yep, that’s what ABC news called it.
Ed Begley who has been a strong practicing environmentalist for quite some time and a spokesperson for Free Solar For Life, now has a competitor for greenest man on the scene. A new resident on his street is trying to keep up with his green habits…and that man, is Bill Nye, the “Science Guy”.
First instinct, is that Nye would definitely beat out Begley but Begley proves to have nearly four decades of choosing green options under his belt and Nye is just trying to catch up at the moment as they both admit to being nerds:
“I’m a nerd,” admitts Begley. “I’ll just say it. I’ll say the word. It takes some of the sting off if you say it yourself.” Nye concurs. “I have no problem with being a nerd! It’s fun, understanding these systems, these energy systems, or even, if you will, the weather, is fascinating.”
They may share the same interests, but each still wants to win.
“I’m way ahead Ed … way ahead in power use this year,” says Nye.
“We’ll see,” Begley responds.
So far Nye has built his own solar power system and is creating an organic garden, but proudly claims he is best at conserving power because he’s an single man versus Begley who is married:
“I’ve really taxed Ed’s life haven’t I? I’ve ruined it [with] a blow dryer!” jokes Begley’s wife.
“You have to compromise, you can’t be rigid … you have to bend,” Begley says, jokingly. “I’m not a dictator.”
On “Living with Ed,” Begley gives his wife a hard time about the length of her showers.
“Honey, do you know how long you have been in there in the shower? Fourteen minutes you have been in there, 285 gallons now.”
How far will the challenge go? Well, Nye came home the other day and saw a turbine installed on Begley’s garage. You can only guess what Nye did next. Yep, buy one…but one that is more efficient. How funny is that?
And lastly, this is one of my favorite parts of the article:
Begley’s daughter Hayden is in favor of the competition.
“I like it because my daddy is winning,” she says.
“You don’t have little blond children to speak for you?” Begley asks Nye.
“No,” replies Nye, “especially none that are so well coached.”