We have to hand it to Ted Cruz for bringing the issue of climate change out into the forefront of the 2016 Elections. Too bad his denial is based more on polling data instead of scientific data.
Recently, Ted Cruz made the following laughable statement on climate change on Late Night With Seth Meyer:
“I just came back from New Hampshire where there’s snow and ice everywhere. And my view actually is simple: Debates on this should follow science, and should follow data. And many of the alarmists on global warming, they got a problem cuz the science just doesn’t back them up. And in particular, satellite data demonstrates that the last 17 years there’s been zero warming. None whatsoever. It’s why—you remember how it used to be called global warming and then magically the theory changed to climate change? The reason is it wasn’t warming, but the computer models still say it is, except the satellites show it’s not.”
Maybe Ted Cruz truly believes that climate change is not taking place. Or maybe he is positioning his campaign for those precious big oil, ALEC and Koch Bros., dollars he needs to drown out the other candidates. Whatever his motivations, the more Ted Cruz denies climate change, the more he lampoons himself before the voters who know better.
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We know the myths and the truths.
Myth: Snow and ice everywhere proves global warming/climate change is not occurring.
Truth: Come on Ted, do we really have to spell this out to you? This is a poor comparison.
Truth: 97% of scientists agree that global warming is occurring as a result of the human activity of increasing emissions of CO2. A peer-reviewed survey of all (over 12,000) peer-reviewed abstracts on the subject ‘global climate change’ and ‘global warming’ published between 1991 and 2011 found that over 97% of the papers taking a position on the subject agreed with the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.
In a second phase of the project, the scientist authors were emailed and rated over 2,000 of their own papers. Once again, over 97% of the papers taking a position on the cause of global warming agreed that humans are causing it.
In 2005, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences declared that “greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise.” Other leading scientific groups have made similar statements, including the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The final draft of Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 (IPCC) demonstrated that climate has changed beyond historic variability and humans are the main cause.
According to two separate scientific analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2014 was the Earth’s warmest year since 1880. Since 2000, except for 1998, the 10 warmest years have occurred since 2000.
Myth: Satellite data proves that climate change is not taking place.
Truth: Scientists rely on a number of tests which provide evidence that climate change is taking place. According to NASA, these include: the rapid rise in CO2 levels in the atmosphere far beyond anything ever observed in the earth’s history, the rapid rise in sea levels, global surface temperatures (not backyard observations), warming oceans (which is what the term global warming is really about), shrinking ice sheets, declining artic sea ice, glacial retreat around the world including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa, extreme weather events, ocean acidification.
Oh and Mr. Cruz…. since you mentioned it – satellite observations reveal that there is a decreasing amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere. SMH
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According to a September 2014 Pew Research Center poll, in the U.S., a solid majority believe there is evidence that global warming is happening. Like all politicians, Ted Cruz has his finger up in the air testing which way the wind is blowing. Unfortunately, this same poll finds that but Americans do not rank global climate change as one of the top threats facing the country. Americans place climate change well behind concerns such as the militant group ISIS (67%), Iran’s nuclear program (59%) and North Korea’s nuclear program (57%).
So, while the majority of the American public recognizes that climate change is real, the challenge is, how can we get the issue to rise to a level of concern by Election Day such that climate change deniers do not have a chance of getting elected?