I watched the John Oliver show last night and was struck by one thing from his cavalcade of climate "debates" all featuring Bill Nye. The optics were really bad for the side of science.
You have a very normal looking middle age white dude on the skeptic side, and a bow tie wearing children's show host on the other. Right from the start the climate change denier has an advantage in looking more professional.
I think the scientific community has done themselves a disservice by boycotting these "debates", as dumb as they are. The assumption is that without one of the debaters there would not be a debate, but in practice what happens instead is you get a ringer instead and the "skeptics" get an open platform to let their strawmen go unburned. The evidence is in, it should be possible to crush the skeptic position with regularity. It's time to get the message out.