In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on March 22, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) criticized 2016 Republican candidate Ted Cruz over his views on global warming.
While appearing on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last week, the Texas senator denied that climate change was occurring today.
“Debates on this should follow science and should follow data. Many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up. In particular, satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming. None whatsoever,” Cruz said during his talk show appearance.
The California governor, whose belief in climate change has only strengthened since his state has just entered its fourth consecutive year of severe droughts, lambasted the senator’s comments.
"That man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data," said the governor. "It’s shocking, and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office."
Cruz has not responded to the governor’s statements, possibly because he is focused on his run for president. Early this morning, Cruz officially announced his candidacy on Twitter.
Brown recently announced a $1 billion package to combat the severe droughts in his state, which he blames on build-up of carbon and coal waste, which proponents believe contributes to global warming.
Cruz is currently the only Republican who has officially entered the race for the nomination, in what is expected to be a tough battle. Many other well-known Republicans, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, are also considered contenders for the nomination.
Cruz is known for his conservative views, especially on "Obamacare." In an act of defiance over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the fall of 2013, Cruz gave a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor deriding the law. His protest coincided with the passage of another government funding bill; the government later shut down for 17 days due to Cruz’s speech.
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