Ever ready to provide grist to the satirical mill, the Republican leadership has selected Ted Cruz to chair the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, which as the name indicates happens to be NASA’s governmental overlord. In case you thought that another Ted Cruz had been voted into Congress in the last election, you are sadly mistaken. Ted Cruz is still the same Ted Cruz that denies climate change, telling CNN that the “data are not supporting what the [climate change] advocates are arguing”. Oh Ted Cruz. And NASA is still the same NASA that has a climate change section on its website and states: “Most scientists say it’s very likely that most of the warming since the mid-1900s is due to the burning of coal, oil and gas.”. Needless to say, there are many light years between those two opinions.
If Cruz can readily deny what is now considered mainstream science, I wonder what his opinions of other well-trodden scientific truths are:
- Did we go to the Moon, or was it a conspiracy by television manufacturers to boost sales?
- Is the Mars Inc publicity team behind the recent explorations of our second nearest planet?
- Was the Apollo 13 mission just a long viral campaign for the Ron Howard film?
- Was Ted Cruz given this assignment with the hope that he would be taken on a field trip on a big rocket?
- Or was it to bring him closer to science and discredit him to his Republican base?*
*I do realise that this assumes a type of logical coherence missing from so many of the Party’s decisions.