Ted Cruz, who earlier this week announced his plans to run for president, spoke about climate change in a recent interview with the Texas Tribune, and Cruz's comparison of what he calls "global warming alarmists" to the "flat-Earthers" of centuries past have the web buzzing today.
Cruz says that those who believe in climate change refuse to accept a thoughtful argument to the contrary, and instead, throw out the label of "denier."
"On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence that disproves their apocalyptical claims, they don't engage in reasoned debate. What do they do? They scream, 'You're a denier.' They brand you a heretic. Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. It used to be that it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier," Cruz said.
As the Washington Post points out, Galileo wasn't the first one to challenge the flat-Earth claims. His issue was with the planets and the fact that the Earth revolves around the sun, which contradicted previous beliefs. Now, many are seeing Cruz in a different light, as his beliefs are being challenged by what MSNBC's Steve Benen calls "poor logic."
"The next time Cruz is described as a brilliant conservative with a towering intellect, let's keep this little incident in mind," Benen wrote.
"If you look at global warming alarmists, they don't like to look at the actual facts and the data. The satellite data demonstrate that there has been no significant warming whatsoever for 17 years. Now that's a real problem for the global warming alarmists. Because all those computer models on which this whole issue is based predicted significant warming, and yet the satellite data show it ain't happening."
This isn't the first time Cruz's comments have rubbed potential voters the wrong way; earlier this week, he said in an interview with CBS This Morning that his tastes in music changed after 9/11 because he felt country musicians handled the tragedy in a better way.
"You know, music is interesting. I grew up listening to classic rock and I'll tell you sort of an odd story. My music tastes changed on 9/11. And it's a very strange—I actually, intellectually, find this very curious, but on 9/11, I didn't like how rock music responded. And country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me and I have to say, it—just as a gut level, I had an emotional reaction that says, 'These are my people,'" Ted Cruz said.
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