In an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck on October 29th, Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke his views on climate change.
“Climate change is not science. It’s religion,” said Cruz to Beck. He continued about the topic: “Look at the language, where they call you a denier,” Cruz said. “Denier is not the language of science… Any good scientist is a skeptic; if he’s not, he or she should not be a scientist. But yet the language of the global warming alarmists, ‘denier’ is the language of religion, it’s heretic, you are a blasphemer.”
In media, there is actually a split on how people with beliefs like Cruz are labeled. While “denier” is certainly used, sources like the Associated Press recently shifted from their term – skeptics – to a apparently more PC friendly term: “doubters”. It’s hard to tell which makes more sense, but I suppose that comes with the territory of trying to label a group that ignores 97% of scientific opinion
Last month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agency, which tracks worldwide temperatures, said in an announcement that September 2015 was the hottest since they began tracking temperatures in 1880. The NOAA also noted that the January-to-September time span was also the hottest period on record, and predicted that the year 2015 will be the hottest year ever recorded.
You can watch Cruz and Beck discussion climate change below.