As is well known by now, Sen. Ted Cruz is one of the smartest guys around. He was a champion debater at Princeton and was, according to Prof. Alan Dershowitz the smartest student who ever took his course at Harvard Law School.
Recently, when campaigning in New Hampshire Cruz was vigorously questioned about climate change. Those asking the questions were clearly activists and were clearly trying to get Cruz to say that he denied climate change. In the Church of the Liberal Pieties, climate change denial is a heresy.
Here is a portion of the transcript, m which Cruz explains that, of course, the climate is changing. The climate is always changing. And yet, there is very little if any substantive evidence to demonstrate that human beings are causing it to change. On that score Cruz is on the same page as Prof. Richard Lindzen, retired head of climate science at MIT, a man who, one assumes, knows the science better than a couple of young activists.This being the case, what is the purpose of calling for draconian measures to stop the problem, especially when considering the cost of these measures.
Cruz continues to suggest that we ought to ask ourselves about the true agenda of environmental activists.
CRUZ: Sir I told you I’m not going cross-examined. Let’s step back for a second and look at this with some historical perspective. Thirty to forty years ago there were a group of political liberal and scientists who said we were facing global cooling. They said we were headed toward a global ice age and the solution to global cooling was increased was massive government control of the economy, the energy sector, and every aspect of our lives. Then the data disproved it. It was not in fact correct that we were seeing global cooling. So that was kind of a problem. Then many of these same political liberals, and many of these same scientists they then latched on to a new theory, it’s called global warming. And the new theory of global warming interestingly enough, the solution was the exact same as the solution had been for global cooling. It was massive government control of the economy, the energy sector, and every aspect of our lives. But then the problem became the data and evidence didn’t back up global warming. In particular if you look at the satellite data. Listen I am the son of two scientists and mathematicians. It is the essence of science to look to the evidence. In the last eighteen years there has been no meaningful recorded warming according to the satellite data. So all of a sudden all these political liberals, the evidence and data didn’t back them up. So then the theory changed to a third version, it’s just been in the last few years when the theory magically transformed into climate change. And climate change from the perspective of a political liberal who wants government power climate change is the perfect pseudo-scientific theory. Why is that? Because it can never be disproven. Whether it’s hotter or colder, whether is wetter or drier the climate is always changing. Now you asked a question, ‘do you believe in climate change?’. Of course! From the dawn of time the climate has been changing. Until the end of time the climate will change. And yet interestingly enough the political liberals, their solution to climate change is exactly the same as it was to global cooling and global warming. Massive government control of the economy, energy sector, and our lives. And when you start to see politicians who propose the exact same solution to every problem regardless of the facts or the data you start to think these are politicians who just want power over our lives. You know what I’m interested in? I’m interested in the single moms who are working here who are struggling to feed their families and are seeing their electric bills skyrocketing because these political liberals are driving up their electric bills, driving up their energy bills, making it harder and harder to provide for their kids. We need to follow the facts and data and not just give power to a bunch of out of touch elites in Washington over our lives.
I post this for your interest. It’s good to see a presidential candidate offer a clear, intelligent and substantive response to a question. It doesn’t happen every day.