Well, well, well…just when you think things can’t get any more preposterous in Washington D.C., Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a lawmaker who has repeatedly denied that climate change exists and supported funding cuts for NASA, is going to chair a Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness — in which he will be making decisions about critical programs that encompass all of the above.
Just so you know how absolutely absurd (and terrifying!) it is that Cruz will be making choices for Americans that have implications for scientific research, here are some recent quotes from the congressman about climate change and NASA:
In 2014 Cruz made the following painfully ignorant statement about global warming:
The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that – that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn’t happened
You always have to be worried about something that is considered a so-called scientific theory that fits every scenario. Climate change, as they have defined it, can never be disproved, because whether it gets hotter or whether it gets colder, whatever happens, they’ll say, well, it’s changing, so it proves our theory.
But wait, there’s more!
While supporting funding cuts to NASA in 2013, Cruz said:
The authorizing committees are free to set their agency budgets, and that includes NASA.
And now this troglodyte is actually blaming the Obama administration for those cuts!
In a statement on Monday, Cruz had the audacity to suggest:
One of the problems with the Obama administration is that it has degraded NASA. It has degraded for space exploration, degraded manned exploration because the Obama administration has undervalued that and shifted to funding other priorities. It shifted the funding to global warming pursuits rather than carry out NASA’s core mission.
Hmmmm, I wonder why we can’t fund both? Oh, yeah, because Cruz’s political party would rather give their corporate overlords and one-percenter friends undeserved and supererogatory tax breaks than fund NASA and other worthy scientific pursuits.
And as easy as it is to go on for possibly…ever about Cruz’s astounding stupidity, let’s not forget Florida’s very own Marco Rubio, the other Senator who has no business operating a toaster oven, let alone chairing a subcommittee that has anything at all to do with science. And yet, Rubio has been appointed chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard.
I mean, by his own admission, Rubio is totally NOT a scientist. When GQ asked him how old he thinks the Earth is, his brain numbingly baffling response was:
I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that.
At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.
And as far as climate-change is concerned, well Rubio just isn’t all that concerned about it at all: