With the GOP takeover of the Senate, all the leadership positions will be filled by Republicans after the first of the year. Two of the most frightening changes will be on the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Subcommittee on Science and Space which will likely be chaired by James Inhofe (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) respectively, two of the most adamant climate and science deniers in congress.
Cruz told CNN’s Dana Dash in February that facts contradict what climate scientists have told us about climate change and claimed that the “so-called scientific theory” is designed in such a way as to fit every scenario that may arise.
“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,” He told her dusting off the thoroughly debunked myth so often cited by climate deniers.
“Climate change, as they have defined it,” Cruz said, “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.”
Of course, that is false. While there are ups and downs in the short-term, the trend over the last century has been steadily upward.
Cruz does have a solution:, he would remove all environmental regulations and allow drilling anywhere at any time for oil, fracking for gas and unlimited burning of coal.
Inhofe has cited the Bible as evidence that we need not worry about climate change which he has referred to on many occasions as “a hoax.”
“Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’ My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”
These are the men we are going to have in charge of making policy decisions on science for at least the next two years.
h/t: New Republic