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WATCH: Ted Cruz says he doesn’t believe in climate change because he ‘follows the science’

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In an interview with Texas Tribune political reporter Jay Root on Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz explained why he didn’t believe in climate change and opposed environmental regulations to lessen its impact.

“I’m a big believer that we should follow the science and follow the evidence,” the Texas Republican, who announced his bid for the White House on Monday, said. “If you look at global warming alarmists, they don’t like to look at the actual facts and the data.”

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Cruz claimed satellite data contradicted scientists’ climate models, which was a “real problem for the global warming alarmists.”

He said that scientists once believed in “global cooling,” and advocated government regulations to fight the climate phenomenon. But the data didn’t back up the theory, according to Cruz, so those scientists began talking about “global warming.”

“The term has shifted,” Cruz said, “and now suddenly it’s climate change. And again, the solution is government control of the energy sector, and every aspect of our lives. And when someone keeps proposing the same solution regardless of the problem, you start to think maybe they just like government control of the energy sector and every aspect of our lives.”

Cruz said people who believed in climate change “screamed” at people who doubted the evidence and branded them heretics.

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“Today, global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat Earthers,” he remarked. “It used to be accepted scientific wisdom: the Earth is flat.”

Cruz claimed Al Gore and climate scientists were merely using the issue to enrich themselves financially, while the solutions they proposed would hurt “millions of hardworking men and women.”

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“It causes real suffering when hardworking single moms who are trying to feed their kids see their energy bill skyrocket because politicians are imposing massive costs,” he said.

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Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes

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Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.

The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.

A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.

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Former US ambassador to Denmark torches Trump’s Greenland plan on CNN: ‘I laughed until I cried’

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Rufus Gifford, who previously served as the United States' ambassador to Denmark under former President Barack Obama, told CNN's John Berman that he can't believe President Donald Trump really thinks he can buy Greenland.

During a CNN interview Monday, Berman asked Gifford what his reaction was to the president publicly discussing his desire to do a "big" real estate deal with Denmark to buy Greenland.

Gifford did not respond positively.

"Honestly, I saw the Wall Street Journal headline when I was bound for Copenhagen," he said. "Like most people, I thought it was a joke. Reading more, it became confirmed. I shook my head, as I often say, many times as I've heard about Trump's foreign policy decisions, I laughed until I cried."

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Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, the head of the Federal Election Commission had harsh words for President Donald Trump for continuing to push election fraud accusations, saying their investigation found absolutely no evidence to back up the president's claims.

Speaking with host John Berman, Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat who had been nominated in President George W. Bush's administration, got right to the point.

"Facts matter," Weintraub said of the president's accusations that he continues to repeat at his rallies. "And people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them. It is damaging to our democracy to spread information that as you yourself just described as baseless."

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