POLITICS
02/24/2011 01:42 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' Blasts US For Resisting High-Speed Rail (VIDEO)

Bill Nye, once known as "The Science Guy" thanks to his incredibly successful TV series of the same name, thinks the U.S. "should be embarrassed" at its lack of a high-speed rail system.

During an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Nye claimed hyperbolically that "every other country in the world" had high-speed rail, before explaining his belief that it was a development the United States had failed to replicate due to the "political" problems surrounding the issue.

"If I may, you should be embarrassed," Nye said. "We gotta get it together."

Nye's comments, made at the Epcot Center in Florida, may have been catalyzed by a recent decision by Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) to reject $2.4 billion in federal funding that would have gone to construct a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. The White House has since said they plan to send that money elsewhere.

The Obama administration has announced a $53 billion, six-year initiative to begin upgrading the nation's existing railways and broaden the reach of newer high-speed lines.

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