Cruz Out of Control

January 24, 2016

D.R. Tucker in the Washington Monthly:

Wingnut World is freaking out over a new video by Peter Sinclair of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication that points out the duplicity of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s assertion that global warming somehow stopped in the late-1990s:

After watching the video, you can’t help wondering whether Texas voters feel any embarrassment about sending a shameless liar like Cruz to the United States Senate. Then again, you can say the same for the folks who are showing up to Donald Trump rallies, the folks delusional enough to think the bigoted billionaire knows a damn thing about “making America great again.”

What attracts somebody to a con like Ted or Don? I can’t help going back to those old articles about Americans addicted to right-wing media. If your cognitive abilities have been compromised by the filth of Fox and the lies of Limbaugh, you’ll believe “anything…except the truth,” as Janeane Garofalo observed in 2009.

tucker2A civilization simply cannot survive if large portions of that civilization have declared war on facts. When you think of the legions of Americans who truly believe that either Trump or Cruz are fit to be the forty-fifth president of the United States, don’t you wonder if something has gone deeply wrong in American society?
There was a fascinating exchange on the January 15 edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher in which Maher, interviewing former Vice President Al Gore, suggested that religion was the main driver of anti-science sentiment in the United States. In response, Gore suggested that religion and science can coexist, citing Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical Laudato Si. We can dispute who’s right—but we cannot dispute the fact that Trump and Cruz have become de facto deities in the eyes of far too many Americans.

The rise of Cruz and Trump proves that President Obama was very, very wrong a dozen years ago when he declared, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America—there’s the United States of America.” As much as we wish it weren’t the case, there are indeed two Americas—one that embraces science and one that lies about it, one that welcomes immigrants and one that wants those immigrants to go back to where they came from, one that wants to move forward and one that is backward. Those are facts—and like the evidence of human-caused climate change, we ignore those facts at our peril.


11 Responses to “Cruz Out of Control”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    That describes the situation in the U.S. quite realistically.

  2. Tom Bates Says:

    All I am seeing is hit piece after hit piece by political shills. Why not speak to the science instead? As to the this political hack, we have run up bills that our kids will pay of $100,000 dollars for every man, women and child in the country. I cannot speak for other people but I believe that is immoral as our kids will be paying for our spending. Things need to change. Cruz and Hillary are part of the problem and both need to go.

    • Andy Lee Robinson Says:

      The science spoke decades ago.
      The politics is finally catching up with the awful truth.
      You have already burdened your kids, what is immoral is to then cripple them.
      The cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of any action.

    • In the “Weekend Wonk:…” discussion thread, Tom Bates made this claim:

      You ignore in the Giss and Hadcrut data sets the adjustments to the actual temperature and the plugs in places where they have no temperatures to adjust.

      I responded by posting actual global temperature results that (1) show that the adjustments have only a very small impact on global-average temperature results and that (2) only a very sparse sampling the Earth’s surface is required to produce valid global-average temperature estimates (making Bates’ “plugs in places” complaint completely irrelevant and wrong).

      IOW, I posted results showing that Tom Bates is completely wrong about the temperature data.

      And, very predictably, Bates completely ignores that material the proves him wrong and then finds another place to post his nonsense.

    • Gingerbaker Says:

      ” we have run up bills that our kids will pay of $100,000 dollars for every man, women and child in the country.”

      Baloney. That’s not how debt abatement works. The government, for example, prints its own money, you know.

      And where were you when Reagan and Bush started all that deficit spending? Complaining about Democrats, no doubt. Whilst Cheney was saying that debt doesn’t matter.

      “Why not speak to the science instead? ”

      So the drive-by posters say while not being bothered to actually read the blog.

  3. redbbs Says:

    Peter, last year The Project a high rating Australian news/comedy show on the free to air Network 10 (once owned by Rupert Murdoch) also called on Carl Mears to debunk the same old bullshit but this time the debunking was against Australia’s loudest denier Andrew Bolt who had a Sunday morning commentary program on the same network.

    Carl Mears appears toward the end of the clip but the whole piece is worth the watch.

    BTW the host of the program is Wahid Aly, a Muslim who hadthisthis famous piece on ISIS on earlier in the year. I must remind you that this is on commercial TV so things are getting better in the MSM.


  4. redskylite Says:

    I’ve followed Crocks for a number of years now, amazingly it is still receiving posts from deniers and extreme contrarians. After all the efforts of COP-21, still they persist and some even stand for election. Arek Sinanian, a climate and sustainability expert, has a series of explanations in the “Fair Observer”. His second in the series is quite interesting. Having watched such eminent people as James Burke trying to promote climate action in the late 1980’s, it is very sad that still we have stragglers, and very sad that we still need to be urged into action.

  5. Sir Charles Says:

    You can also see how much out of touch with reality U.S. “conservatives” are when you take a look at their “encyclopedia

    => Conservapedia: “E=mc² is liberal claptrap”

  6. SmarterThanYourAverageBear Says:

    “one that welcomes immigrants and one that wants those immigrants to go back to where they came from”

    not to mention one that still thinks all blacks are illegal immigrants that should be sent back to Africa and all Latinos should be shipped south of the border.

  7. davisherb Says:

    between Jesus and Santa many have become disconnected at an early age

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