Cruz, Krauthammer: Climate change not settled science

Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 11:47 a.m. MST

Updated: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 11:47 a.m. MST

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks about energy, Monday, in this Feb. 10, 2014 file photo at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

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Climate change is being bantered about more and more along partisan lines.

On the Feb. 16 episode of NBC’s Meet the Press, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” told Republican Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn to stop questioning global warming, according to Time’s Sam Frizell.

“The two sparred over the most appropriate response to extreme weather events,” Frizell wrote. And they “disagreed on the scientific consensus regarding climate change.”

He then quoted Blackburn as saying, “There is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this,” and it seems others are making the same case.

The Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer wrote about “The myth of ‘settled science’ ” on Feb. 20, saying he is neither a global warming believer nor denier.

“There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge,” Krauthammer wrote.

He argues that none of the events we’ve seen recently or in the past are dispositive proof that global warming is settled science. “It doesn’t settle the issue. But that’s the point. It mocks the very notion of settled science, which is nothing but a crude attempt to silence critics and delegitimize debate.”

Similarly, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is taking on the issue to enhance his energy agenda in the Senate.

On Feb. 20, Cruz told CNN’s chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash that global warming is not supported by scientific data.

“We ought to be allowing the private sector to pursue every form of energy,” Cruz told Lash. “The 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.”

At last week's Heritage Action policy summit, Cruz gave a speech on his soon-to-be-filed American Energy Renaissance Act, according to the National Review’s Betsy Woodruff.

“Oil suits Cruz for at least two other reasons: First, obviously, is the fact that Texas has a lot of the stuff,” Woodruff wrote. “And second, energy gives the freshman senator a chance to push a positive agenda that offers plenty of chances to take digs at the president.”

Erik Raymond is experienced in national and international politics. He relocated from the Middle East where he was working on his second novel. He produces content for DeseretNews.com. You can reach him at:

eraymond@deseretdigital.com

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