Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a presidential hopeful, used a Senate hearing Tuesday to castigate environmentalists, Democrats and other “alarmists” on climate change.
Cruz, one of the most ardent deniers of climate change among the field of presidential candidates, repeatedly said that his opponents have been wrong over and over again in their predictions about climate change.
“I am the son of two mathematicians,” Cruz said in his opening statements. “I believe that public policy should follow the actual science and the actual data and evidence, and not political and partisan claims that run contrary to the science and data and analysis.”
Cruz told the story of a scientific ship that got stuck in Antarctic ice in the summer of 2013, and said that climate “alarmists” predicted that there would be no ice that year.
“On Christmas Eve, they became stuck in ice, ice that the climate-industrial complex had assured us had vanished,” he said.
Cruz, chairman of a Commerce Committee subpanel, repeatedly referred to satellite data that showed a long pause in global warming, data that recent studies have rebuked.
“According to the satellite data, there has been no significant global warming for the past 18 years,” he said. “Those are the data. Global-warming alarmists don’t like these data. They are inconvenient to their narrative. But facts and evidence matter.”
Cruz stands to the right of most in the GOP field for the 2016 election. While candidates, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have recognized that the climate is changing and questioned what the government should do about it, Cruz disagrees with the premise.
“Public policy should follow science and evidence and data,” Cruz insisted, repeating that the data shows no warming.