Ted Cruz Can’t Topple NASA, but He Can Be a Pain in Its Ass

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). (Image: Creative Commons)

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). (Image: Creative Commons)

Ostensibly, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is an intelligent man. He was a high school valedictorian, he went to Princeton, he edited the Harvard Law Review and, in 2012, he made seven-figures working for the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. However, his grasp of environmental science is not so great.

In early 2014, Cruz told CNN that, where global warming is concerned, “data are not supporting what the advocates are arguing.”

Not that this ever seems to satisfy the skeptics, but even a cursory glance at the record shows that over 97 percent of the scientific community agrees that man has a notable influence on climate change (that consensus was calculated by studying over 11,000 peer-reviewed articles written between 1991 and 2011). Those scientists that belong to the 2.9 percent have been frequently quoted by climate change deniers, though this has recently backfired in a big way.

It was recently revealed that Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, who has been arguing for years that the sun is responsible for climate change and that carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases have little effect on the planet, was paid about $1.25 million by the fossil fuel industry for his scientific papers – or, as he called them, “deliverables.”

But I digress. What else did Sen. Cruz tell CNN last February? That in “[t]he last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that…they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn’t happened.”

Well, once again, I’m going to have to call shenanigans on Mr. Cruz. The ten warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century, last year was officially proclaimed by NASA, NOAA and the JMA as the hottest year on record and this year is on track to be even hotter.

Climate skeptics like to conjure up this 15-years-of-no-warming-B.S., and, to their credit, the last 15 years have not seen the kind of atmospheric warming scientists expected. Of course, scientists being scientists, they figured out why. Some 90 percent of the planet’s global warming heat is absorbed by the oceans, which is why they’re currently “breaking scientists’ charts.” Relative to the oceans, the atmosphere has only slowly gotten warmer, but according to Planet Expert Michael Mann, Penn State’s Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, that will likely change before this decade is through.
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