The day after he announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz did an interview with the Texas Tribune in which he claimed that those who believe in man-made climate change are like flat earthers, while brave truth-tellers like him are like Galileo.
A few days after accusing “global warming alarmists” like California Governor Jerry Brown (D) of ridiculing and insulting “anyone who actually looks at the real data” around climate change, newly-declared presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) upped his rhetoric against those who care about the issue.
Speaking to the Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Cruz said that contemporary “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,” he said.
Every single claim here is wrong. It was never the “accepted scientific wisdom” that the earth was flat. That was believed in pre-scientific times, but the ancient Greeks knew it to be round and so did educated Europeans in Galileo’s time. It wasn’t “scientific wisdom” that Galileo contradicted, it was the religious beliefs of the dominant church. And in this day, have you ever heard someone make a religious argument for the truth of climate change? Nope. But I’ve heard lots of people, mostly Republican politicians, make religious arguments against it. Cruz is not Galileo, he’s the church.