Latest Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz pulls the Galileo gambit and reveals he knows as much about history as science.
In recent comments reported on by our own Philip Bump, Ted Cruz again brought up the idea […] that satellite measurements suggest there’s been no global warming in 17 years. But now, Cruz says these measurements show “no significant warming whatsoever” [my italics added], rather than “zero warming. None whatsoever,” as he stated before.
This is a tad more defensible. There has indeed been warming over the last 17 years, but by throwing in the word “significant,” at least Cruz made it more a matter of subjective interpretation, turning on how much warming really counts.
But at the same time — this is the bad news — Cruz brought in some mangled history of science […]
On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence that disproves their apocalyptical claims, they don’t engage in reasoned debate. What do they do? They scream, ‘You’re a denier.’ They brand you a heretic. Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. It used to be [that] it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.
When all you have is an appeal to a myth of history to make your view look good, you are in DEEP trouble. (Melba Ketchum, who said she found proof of Bigfoot, also pulled the same excuse.)
Yes, he compared anti-science climate denialists to Galileo (the heretic). And he calls the tons of solid data from various areas of science “apocalyptical” and those who support it “alarmists”. He may need to be told that Galileo and other “persecuted” scientists were right because they had evidence, not because they were heckled.
Keep digging the dumb hole, Cruz. And then stick your head in it. We haven’t had this degree of self-righteous inanity since Sarah Palin!
Josh Rosenau at the National Center for Science Education (yes, they are kind of experts at this) demolished Cruz’ embarrassing ignorance of science present and historic here: Ted Cruz and the Edge of the Earth | NCSE. Seems like Cruz learned his history from some less than accurate sources. Galileo was not attacked by fellow colleagues, he was suppressed by the church for various complicated political reasons. I guess Cruz can’t really understand complex politics, either.
Yes, I’m being particularly nasty with this post and people often do not enjoy when my political views seep through into the commentary. But Cruz and a few of the major Conservative leaders are insulting the American public by their profound ignorance and outright lying, not to mention they are deliberately disregarding critical information about the future of the U.S. and the well being of society. It should not be tolerated when our so called leaders want to make and keep us stupid.
See also, FactCheck: Cruz on the Global Cooling Myth and Galileo.
Tip: Jan Malcheski