Just in case you were wondering if Ted Cruz’s presidential ambitions might change his stance on man-made global warming, the Republican Senator would like to lay all your fears to rest.
“I’m saying that data and facts don’t support it,” Sen. Cruz said in a forum hosted by Freedom Partners on Sunday.
For those progressive politicos masochistically following Sen. Cruz’s career, this is nothing new. Back in March, Cruz happily compared “global warming alarmists” to “flat-Earthers,” then suggested his position as a “denier” was equivalent to Galileo’s position with the Catholic church.
“It used to be [that] it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat,” said Cruz in an interview with The Texas Tribune, “and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.”
Of course, as The Washington Post points out, Galileo was not branded a heretic for saying the Earth is round but for using scientific data to show it revolves around the Sun. By the time Galileo was fiddling with his telescope, humans had known for several centuries that the world is round. Ships disappear over the horizon, after all.
Cruz alleges to base his denial on the “fact” that the Earth has not warmed for nearly two decades. “If you look at satellite data for the last 18 years,” he said in Sunday’s forum, “there’s been zero recorded warming. The satellite says it ain’t happening.”
Again, for anyone with even a remote grasp of modern science or access to the internet, this is patently untrue.
NASA reports that, with the exception of 1998, the 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2000. Moreover, NASA, NOAA and the JMA have all reported that 2014 was the hottest year on record and 2015 is on track to be even hotter.
It should be noted that Cruz, who is the head of the Senate’s subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, has sought to reduce NASA’s funding and chastised it for spending so much time researching the climate of the Earth.
Moreover, Cruz’s “18 years” statistic that he likes to tout comes from an exaggeration of a slowdown in overall land warming that scientists initially were at a loss to explain. Many in the climate community recognized the phenomena as a lack of data due to the oceans’ continued warming despite what Planet Expert Michael Man referred to as the “global warming faux pause.” Recently, they were proved right, as more recent data and climate models show that there has neither been a pause nor a slowdown in global warming.
“They’re cooking the books,” said Cruz on Sunday. “They’re actually adjusting the numbers. Enron used to do their books the same way.”
Without even a hint of self deception, Cruz also decried scientists for flip-flopping on the whole issue, saying that, in the ‘70s, they warned that “a global ice age was coming.”
Cruz, like several in his party, hangs this argument on the rusty nail of a 1975 Newsweek article that claimed the planet was on the verge of “global cooling.” Last year, the article’s author, Peter Gwynne, publicly recanted the article and bemoaned the fact that “certain websites and individuals that dispute, disparage, and deny the science…continue to quote my article.”
So while Cruz claims that the science doesn’t support global warming, the truth is just the opposite: Cruz doesn’t support the science that supports global warming.
But let it not be said that Cruz doesn’t know how to play to his crowd. The Guardian refers to Freedom Partners as “a key cog in the political network of the Koch brothers,” and his science denial was greeted with resounding applause by the 450 political donors in attendance. Cruz was just giving the (two) people what they want.