Cruz does not believe in global warming, arguing that scientific data does not support the theory. He also calls into question the integrity of scientists who push it, whom he says are often the recipients of large research grants conditional upon their continued toeing of the establishment line.
JOURNALIST: “You said yesterday that you wanted millions of young voters to turn out. But you just said you're against pot, you're against gay marriage, you don't believe that global warming is man-made. Those are issues that, if you look at the polls, young people are completely, have a different view of that. Are you out of step with most young voters, and how do you convince them given that?”
TED CRUZ: “Well, let me take one of the components of your question and address it directly, then let me address your broader question.
You mentioned global warming. I'm a big believer that we should follow the science, and follow the evidence. If you look at global warming alarmists, they don't like to look at the actual facts and the data. The satellite data demonstrate that there has been no significant warming whatsoever for 17 years. Now, that's a real problem for the global warming alarmists, cause all of the computer models on which this whole issue was based predicted significant warming, and yet the satellite data show it ain't happening.”
JOURNALIST: “But what if there is something to it? I mean, okay, let's say, you know, a lot of people say the science is clear, most people say the science is clear, but let's say that it's not. Let's say it's not clear. Why not do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint? Wouldn't that be good, to have some humility about it and maybe think…?”
CRUZ: “Okay, let's talk about having humility. I read this morning a Newsweek article from the 1970s talking about 'global cooling'. And it said, 'the science is clear, it is overwhelming, we are in a major cooling period, and it's gonna cause enormous problems worldwide.' And the solution for all the advocates in the 70s of global cooling was massive government control of the energy sector, of our economy, and aspects of our lives.
Now, the data proved to be not backing up that theory, so then all the advocates of global cooling suddenly shifted to global warming. And they advocated, 'it's warming'. And the solution, interestingly enough, was the exact same solution: government control of the energy sector and every aspect of our lives. But then the data don't back that up, so if you notice, the term has shifted: and now, suddenly, it's 'climate change'. And climate change – and again, the solution is government control of the energy sector and every aspect of our lives. And when someone keeps proposing the same solution regardless of the problem, you start to think, 'maybe they just like government control of the energy sector and every aspect of our lives'.
I am the child of two mathematicians and scientists. I believe in following evidence and data. On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence that disproves their apolcalyptical claims, they don't engage in reasoned debate. What do they do? They scream 'you're a denier!' They brand you a heretic. You know, it is, today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-earthers. You know, it used to be: 'it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat.' And this heretic named Galileo was branded a 'denier'.
And you know what? There are an awful lot of people making a whole lot of money. Al Gore has made millions of dollars off of global warming. And a lot of these scientists who are most vocal about it are receiving massive grants on this theory that the data are not backing up.
And you asked, 'well, why shouldn't we do everything?' You know, we shouldn't be causing millions of hard-working men and women to have their energy bills go through the roof. It causes real harm and suffering when people all across this country lose jobs because the federal government wants to take control of aspects of our lives. It causes real suffering when hard-working, when single moms who are trying to feed their kids see their energy bills skyrocket because politicians are imposing massive cost, and that's not something we should do lightly.”