Between all the debates relating to change in climate that has been flooding the headlines, one denier of climate change, Ted Cruz, stood above all.
The official presidential candidate of the Republican Party compared himself to the world famous 17th century scientist, Galileo Galilei, and not as a joke. He stated the comparison during an interview with the Texas Tribune when discussing climate change.
“Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers,” said Ted Cruz in analogical form referring to when Galileo was, according to Mr. Cruz, shunned by the public over arguing that the Earth was round.
First things first, problems of Galileo were generally with the common population and not with the scientists, but with the Church. And he certainly did not argue that the Earth was round, he was branded a heretic over the Copernican system, which believes in the fact that Sun is in the center of the Solar System and not Earth.
So in this sense, Mr. Cruz already made no sense and had problems with his history lessons. But anyway, more on the scientific side of Mr. Cruz’ argument:
“I’m a big believer that we should follow the science and follow the evidence. 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 of the computer models on which this issue is based predicted significant warming and yet the satellite data show it ain’t happening.”
The statement of Cruz refers to the satellite data which began in 1998. This is the same year when our planet was in the middle of a temperature crisis called the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). And the temperature was a bit above the normal standards. Now, when we begin to measure the temperature trends in a completely warm year, it wouldn’t display the true long-term end at all. This is mostly just biased of a baseline data.
“It’s like a pro baseball player deciding he’s having a batting slump three weeks after a game when he hit three homers because he’s only considering those three weeks instead of the whole season,” said Carl Mears, a scientist that backed up Cruz’ claims but also explaining the error in Cruz’ logic.
Furthermore, Cruz didn’t even bother to point out the information from the sea and ground weather stations which depicts an obvious trend that the Earth is warming.
“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.” Well, Mr. Cruz a.k.a. Galileo, thank you for your ‘evidence’ and ‘reasonable debate’.