Ted Cruz’ Groovy Climate Expert

December 10, 2015

A casual observer of Ted Cruz’ bizarre freak show of a hearing the other day might have assumed that one of the witnesses, Mark Steyn,  was merely another petulant, insufferable, radio schlockjock Rush Limbaugh Wannabee, ever-so-sure-the-scientists-are-trying-to-fool-him conspiracy nut.

But they would have missed Mr Steyn’s sensitive groovy side. Turns out he’s a really swingin’ cat, in a far right wing hater kind of way. No, I didn’t buy any of his music, merely recorded some mercifully short snips from the Amazon page where he peddles this stuff.

If you loved that, you’ll go gaga for Steyn’s Christmas album..below.

Media Matters:

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the climate science-denying presidential candidate who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, convened a December 8 hearing that purported to answer whether the “debate over the magnitude of human impact on earth’s climate” is being driven by “data or dogma.” One of Cruz’s star witnesses is frequentRush Limbaugh Showguest host Mark Steyn, whose extreme attacks on a climate scientist appear to be the main reason he was invited to participate.

The most obvious explanation for Steyn’s appearance would seem to be that Cruz couldn’t find enough scientists who oppose the 97 percent of climate scientists that say human activities are causing climate change, so he had to turn to a talk radio shock jock instead. But the fact that Steyn is “not a scientist” only scratches the surface of why he is unqualified to testify on global warming.

Steyn has a long history of making extreme and scientifically illiterate claims that could give Cruz a run for his money.  For instance, Steyn alleged in 2009 that “[t]here has been no global warming this century.” In 2010, he declared that “environmentalism is fundamentally anti-human.” Most recently, Steyn was seen proclaiming that Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ remarks describing the link between climate change and terrorism were “insane,” and even imagining terrorists “sawing Bernie Sanders’ head off” while Sanders worries about “an emissions trading scheme.” According to Science Blogs’ Greg Laden, Steyn also “recently self published a book made up, apparently, of cherry picked quotes and related material in an effort to discredit top climate scientists.”

In addition to his track record of climate denial, Steyn provided another possible explanation for his inclusion at the hearing when he explained why he was invited to a conference held by the climate science-denying Heartland Institute earlier this year, as Energy & Environment recently reported (emphasis added):

Also testifying will be Mark Steyn, the Canadian National Review writer and author of “Climate Change: The Facts” who told attendees at the Heartland Institute’s International Conference on Climate Change this summer that his claim to fame is calling fraudulent the well-known “hockey stick” theory that Michael Mann — a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University — has developed.


“I’ve made no useful scientific contribution,” Steyn said at the [Heartland] conference in July. “I’ve basically only been invited here because … I’m being sued by the inventor of the global warming hockey stick, Michael Mann.”

Indeed, as Laden observes, “[i]t appears that the Republicans on the Senate science subcommittee are allowing an anti-science Canadian citizen [Steyn] to use the Senate hearing room to argue his side of a civil law suit.” As the Union of Concerned Scientists noted, Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann sued Steyn for defamation after Steyn wrote a 2012 blog post for National Review Online that falsely claimed Mann’s “hockey stick” research showing a spike in global warming in the last century was “fraudulent” — and cited a Competitive Enterprise Institute blog comparing Mann to disgraced Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The CEI blog, by Rand Simberg, asserted that Mann was “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting children, he has molested and tortured data” (that sentence has since been removed). Steyn said of Simberg’s accusation: “Not sure I’d have extended that metaphor all the way into the locker-room showers with quite the zeal Mr Simberg does, but he has a point.”

The ongoing lawsuit gets at a broader reason why Steyn may have been invited to appear before the subcommittee: to present his story as supposed proof that dogma trumps data in the climate “debate.” In his prepared remarks to the subcommittee, Steyn said that his own personal “travails” are relevant “[b]ecause too many people within the climate cartel are demanding that dissent from the alleged ‘consensus’ should be not merely a civil offense but a criminal one – and far too many legislators and bureaucrats are willing to entertain it.” He then used that as a jumping off point to dismiss investigations into wrongdoing by Exxon Mobil, alleging that New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman is “su[ing] Exxon for not holding the same views on climate change as the more pliable oil companies have been forced to adopt in public.”

His twitter page. Really.



8 Responses to “Ted Cruz’ Groovy Climate Expert”

  1. I called Steyn a liar and a hypocrite on Anthony Watt’s page. Didn’t go down so well 😉

  2. Like Westboro Baptist Church’s modus operandi of suing the opposition as a means to fund its hateful anti-gay agenda, Steyn the IPA (coffcoff) ‘think tank’ benefit from a curious Australian tax break: http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/05/14/australian-tax-breaks-helping-fund-climate-science-denier-mark-steyn-s-libel-defence-us Not sure if we all knew about this. HT Desmogblog.

    Thanks, Peter, for the ROFL music clips. It helps to start the day with a giggle. ^5

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    A fun clip from Secular Talk pops up when the Steyn Christmas music clip ends. A youngish guy who “gets it”—he understands what completely foul and disgusting pigs Cruz and Steyn really are and how low this country has sunk.

    By the way, has anyone noticed how sexist The Repugnants are? They only call one woman (Judith Curry) as an “expert”. Now that they’ve called Steyn, they should call more female “experts” as qualified as he is—-Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan come to mind.


  4. indy222 Says:

    Dunning/Kruger Effect strikes again. Are these bozos so stupid they can’t understand they’re creating a trail of quotes and images that will have them laughed at and villified for the rest of their lives? Is the ca$h so good they don’t care? Are they that morally empty? Are they that mentally handicapped in their ability to imagine the future, even their own?

    • Andy Lee Robinson Says:

      I think the answers are yes, yes, yes and yes.
      They truly live in the alternative reality that they create and therefore have to create delusional conspiracy theories to rationalize the reality outside of their fantasy bubble to restore the comforting world-view.
      If they don’t want something to exist, then they can just wallpaper over it until it goes away.
      Physics however, has no patience and won’t comply with that strategy.

      • indy222 Says:

        At least Richard Mueller had the sense to cut his losses, and you don’t hear much from Lindzen any more either. These other guys are just heading into psychosis – complete break from reality. I suppose there is a point where your actions are so reprehensible in your own eyes, that re-joining reality would involve such painful confrontation with your own actions that the only psychological resort is to completely blind oneself and head over the edge.

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