On the heels of the horrible comments by Vice President Joe Biden about the “mindlessness” of those who argue that humans don’t play a major role in climate change, Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) struck back at the climate change church members. He pointed out the obvious hypocrisy of these liberal zealots – they only care about science when it appears to support their position; they completely ignore science when it’s inconvenient.
“The radical left loves attacking people as anti-science when anyone dares question their computer models on global warming. They scream, ‘you’re anti-science,’ when someone points out, for example, that in the last 17 years, satellite data shows there’s been no warming whatsoever.”
“The hard-core left loves ridiculing Christians who believe scripture that says God created the heaven and the earth. They say that it’s anti-science to believe that an almighty God would do such a thing. But when it comes to biotech, suddenly these same voices become the most anti-science zealots we’ve ever seen.”
Cruz was speaking at an event in Iowa on Saturday at the state fairgrounds when he took on the subjects of global warming and genetically modified food labeling. GMOs are a big deal in Iowa, where much of the food manufactured for export to the rest of the nation has been genetically modified. When Americans react against GMOs and boycott GMO products it hurts the Iowa economy, so the issue is a big deal in the heartland.
Talking specifically about genetically modified foods Cruz said, “We need to stand up to the hysteria. For families, for parents, that don’t want to feed their kids GMOs, in the private marketplace, there has grown up an abundant market. You can go and purchase organic, if you want to pay more …We shouldn’t let anti-science zealotry shut down the ability to produce low-cost, quality food for billions across the globe.”
Cruz seemed to be working hard to strike a balance between caring for our planet and using conservative principles to do so. As conservatives we simply do not agree that the government has the right to tell Americans how to interact with nature around us. This does not mean that we are anti-environment. Conservation and environmentalism are important, but they should be personally driven. People should care for our planet because they live here, not because the government tells them they have to.
Which is exactly what the EPA has been trying to do for years. Cruz took a swing at the EPA’s recent efforts to control and dictate water use in the western states. “The EPA is trying to turn irrigation ditches into lakes and rivers and oceans.”
This is the balance that a conservative candidate will have to strike on the environment moving forward. Our candidates need to be properly worried about government overreach, while at the same time showing that they do care about our environment. Ted Cruz seems to have a good handle on how to argue conservative environmental positions without being antagonistic towards conservation.
We need candidates who can speak winsomely about our ideas on conservation, because our ideas really are superior. We argue that our planet is a wonderful and beautiful place and that it should be protected. The best way to protect nature is not through the force and fear of government, but through citizen activism and volunteer conservation! We need more politicians like Ted Cruz who are unafraid of tough questions and are willing to clearly articulate conservative ideas when called to do so.
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