In case you haven’t heard, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the chairman for the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness. Yes, a man who doesn’t believe in science or climate change and whose own father has called evolution a “communist ploy” chairs a subcommittee focused on science.
During a hearing concerning NASA’s funding, Cruz seemed to proudly show off the fact that he knows absolutely nothing about science or what NASA really does. When NASA Administrator Charles Bolden tried to emphasize why NASA is so vital to studying climate change, the scientifically challenged senator from Texas was having none of it – so Bolden was forced to make Cruz look like an absolute fool (not a hard task, I know).
“We can’t go anywhere if the Kennedy Space Center goes underwater and we don’t know it, and that’s understanding our environment,” Bolden said. “It is absolutely critical that we understand Earth’s environment because this is the only place we have to live.”
That’s when Cruz showed off his total ignorance about science and what NASA really does.
“I would suggest that almost any American would agree that the core function of NASA is to explore space,” Cruz said. “That’s what inspires little boys and little girls across this country. It’s what sets NASA apart from any agency in the country.”
Yes, Cruz really tried to counter the claim by an expert at NASA that climate change must be studied so that we can better understand our planet, by saying that space should be NASA’s primary focus because “that’s what inspires little boys and little girls.”
That’s just… idiotic.
What NASA does goes far beyond just space exploration. It is as vital for them to understand and study our own planet just as much as it is for them to study what lies outside of it. To claim that NASA should just focus on exploring space is completely ridiculous.
“The fact that earth science funding has increased, I’m proud to say, has enabled us to understand our planet far better than we ever did before,” Bolden added. “It’s absolutely critical.”
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) also took shots at Cruz’s ignorance by pointing out just how absurd it is to say that the funding for NASA should be based on science while the Texas senator continued to doubt the words of a leading scientific expert at NASA.
“The chairman has mentioned that he wants science to drive the process here,” Peters said. “Here we have leading experts in our country on science saying that the cuts that we saw in earth sciences were disastrous in the Bush era.”
But as most of us know, science has nothing to do with this. Hell, many Republicans don’t even believe in science. There are quite a few members of the GOP who have openly said they believe God controls the weather and that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. And let’s not forget that just a few weeks ago a Republican senator tried using a snowball he gathered outside as “proof” that climate change is a hoax.
It really is a sad day in this country when we have people who don’t believe in science chairing important committees focused on science.
Watch the exchange below: