The tiresome subject of global warming or, as some call it, “climate change” has burst forth in the Senate. The announcement, that tea party favorites Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio have been appointed chairmen of the subcommittees that oversee NASA and the EPA, has given the media a full panic attack. Cruz and Rubio are considered “climate change deniers,” the term used to describe people, even scientists, who are skeptical that human-caused climate change is real or, if it is real, a problem that requires draconian action.
The panic is based on some real world considerations. Cruz has announced his intention to move funding from NASA’s Earth science account (where climate change research takes place) and use it to augment space exploration, which he considers NASA’s core mission. Rubio is likely to put the brakes on the EPA’s attempt to use the regulatory process to curb the use of fossil fuels, hiking the cost of energy to consumers.
Cruz, by the way, had some artful things to say about being called a ‘denier’. “It is a dangerous thing when those purporting to talk about science speak in the language of theology. I am the child of two mathematicians and scientists. And I believe science should be dictated by data and evidence.” He added, “The word ‘denial’ is typically applied in religious contexts to heretics. The facts matter, and what has happened in the global warming debate is that there are advocates of government power who refuse to engage in the facts.”
No doubt scientists, who are hostile to religious faith such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, will find Cruz’s insight enlightening.
The left is not taking the rise of climate change skeptics in the Senate laying down. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and the only senator to admit to being a socialist, has offered an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill. The amendment will make it a sense of the Senate that global warming is real. The theory is that Republicans in blue states may find the amendment a tough vote. On the other hand, the idea, that scientific fact is now defined on votes in a legislative body, is a fascinating one to say the least.