Source: Ted Cruz embodies Republican climate change dilemma, by Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian, March 27, 2015.
This quote is from Dr. Michael Mann, director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, responding to comments by 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz denying the reality and science of climate change.
In particular, Senator Cruz made bizarre statements to the Texas Tribune that people who believe global warming is real are “the equivalent of the flat-earthers.”
“It used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,” Cruz said.
According to The Guardian, the Republican Party is struggling how to address the issue of climate change. Because oil and gas companies fund their campaigns, top Republican politicians have either denied that climate change exists or refused to take a clear position, citing their personal lack of scientific knowledge.
Since 2014, the current tag line of “I’m not a scientist” line infuriates scientists.
Dr. Michael Mann commented:
“I think, frankly, the Republican party is going to have to make a decision. Are they going to move in the direction of logic and rationality, or are they going to continue to pursue this anti-scientific fringe movement within their party that is personified by people liked Ted Cruz?
“As long as the Koch brothers are pouring tens of millions of dollars into their campaigns,” Mann said, referring to the top conservative donors, “there’s going to be enough oxygen to keep these folks going.”
This lack of conviction by leading Republicans, including Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, falls short of the standard that scientists believe the media – and undecided young voters – should judge each candidate’s response.
“I’m not a doctor, but I know not to drink arsenic,” Mann said. “Each of these candidates is going to have to decide how they’re going to contend with this.”
In the upcoming 2016 Presidential campaign, John Abraham, a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St Thomas School of Engineering in Minnesota, believes voters and the media must decide whether they accept outright denial from Cruz and vague obfuscation from other candidates at face value.
“If this were a political issue, the media would be entirely within its rights to provide equal voice to both sides,” Abraham said. “However, this is a story that is grounded in science – it’s a lot like what causes Ebola, what causes flu, or how do we treat cancer.
“Global warming is not a political problem – it’s a scientific problem.”
Image Source: Dr. Michael E. Mann’s website at meteo.psu.edu. Permission granted from photographer Tom Cogill to use this image here. © Tom Cogill