According to an August 14, 2013 Associated Press story, a coalition of environmental groups, including Texas chapters of the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, Public Citizen and Environment Texas gathered outside the federal building in Austin and awarded a number of politicians, including Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, an award for being “climate change deniers.” It is a term meant to marginalize anyone who disbelieves in the theory of man caused climate change, eliciting parallels to Holocaust denial.
The theory of climate change, or as some call it, global warming posits that the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere will cause a spike in global temperatures that, if left unchecked, will cause an Earth-wide catastrophe. Proponents of this theory, which include President Obama, propose a crackdown on the use of fossil fuels known to emit CO2 and a switch to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.
Some politicians, scientists, and public policy experts counter that the science, contrary to claims of environmentalists, is not settled on the matter. They point out that punitive government measures against fossil fuels will cause economic disruption and job loss. Cruz is in the latter camp.
Forbes recently published an article that would tend to buttress the “denier” position. It points out that there are natural climate cycles, with a medieval warming period followed by a little ice age followed by a warming period in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. The article points out that, contrary to the climate change models, the Earth has been in a slight cooling period since about 1998. The likely culprit seems to be the sun, which has a greater effect on global climate that CO2 in the atmosphere.