Ted Cruz expresses 'full out denial' of global warming during forum
Senator Ted Cruz at CPAC (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Ted Cruz has stated that he doesn’t believe in the science behind global warming.

In a forum hosted by Freedom Partners on Sunday evening, a key cog in the political network of the Koch Brothers, the Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate stated “the data and facts don’t support” that global warming is occurring. The moderator of the forum then described Cruz’s stance as “full out denial.” The Texas senator did not disagree with that characterisation. Cruz has previously compared those who believe in global warming to “flat-Earthers.”

Cruz also slammed the new regulations , set to be unveiled by the Obama administration on Monday, to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. To the Republican presidential candidate, these new rules were a sign that the Democratic party had abandoned union members for “California environmentalist billionaires and their campaign donations”, in what a clear reference to hedge fund mogul and environmentalist Tom Steyer.

In denying global warming, which Cruz saw as a Trojan horse used by liberals to impose “massive government control” over the economy, the Texas Republican distinguishes himself from many others in the GOP field.

Earlier, 2016 rival Marco Rubio also slammed the new regulations , with the Florida senator loath to address the science behind global warming. In contrast, other Republicans, like former Florida governor Jeb Bush, acknowledge that the planet is getting warming.

Research by the federal government shows that the rate of global warming has been steady and unchanging in recent years and that 2014 was the warmest year on record.

by: Ben Jacobs, Washington, D.C.

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