AP Tries To Fact Check Ted Cruz On Climate Change, Fails Miserably

Nothing like having the news media to protect your cult. Even the headline itself highlights that this is politics, not science

Cruz worlds apart from the scientific consensus that Earth is warming due to human activity

Consensus is not science. Hard facts obtained through observation and applying the Scientific Method would be proof. Perhaps the AP could explain why the data is constantly changing. If a year is registered as 55.08F in 2010, then changes to 54.32 in 2012, and is now 54.23 then are these facts? Or just things to modify to fit a narrative? Even the base period has been lowered down by .04 in order to make the current warming look higher than the base period.

CRUZ: “The satellites that actually measure the temperature, that we’ve launched into the air to measure the temperature, they have recorded no significant warming whatsoever for the last 18 years.”

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THE FACTS: Scientists, including those who work with the very satellite measuring system that Cruz refers to, say he’s misusing the satellite data. They do show warming, albeit relatively little over the period Cruz cites, says Carl Mears, senior scientist for Remote Sensing Systems, which produces the data that Cruz refers to.

But by starting his comparison period in 1997, Cruz has selected a time when temperatures spiked because of an El Nino weather pattern. Starting at an artificially high point minimizes the rate of increase since then, Mears said, adding, “If you start riding your bike at the top of a big hill, you always go downhill, at least for a while.”

Would it surprise you that this “fact check” is co-written by Seth Borenstein, an uber-Warmist, meaning he is less than a neutral “fact checker”? Who then goes on to do the exact type of cherry picking that he accused Cruz of doing?

The long-term trend that Mears’ satellites show is about 0.7-degree warming since 1979, when satellites started measuring temperature. Ground-based monitors show a warming of about 1 degree during the same period. And 1979 was not among the top five hottest or coldest years in the 36 years of records.

Then we get

CRUZ: “John Kerry said in 2009 the polar ice caps will be entirely melted by 2013. … Has anyone noticed the polar ice caps are still there? In fact, there was an expedition that went down to Antarctica to prove that the polar ice caps were melting … (the ship) got stuck in the ice because in fact the polar ice caps have increased. They are larger than they were. So not only was Kerry incorrect, he was spectacularly absolutely opposite the facts.”

THE FACTS: Kerry was talking about the ice cap at the North Pole, and it’s true that it hasn’t melted as he predicted. But in pointing that out, Cruz distorts the facts by referring to a ship that got stuck in Antarctic ice a world away near the South Pole.

Scientists do say it’s only a matter of decades before the sea ice around the North Pole will be melted during the summer months, and some countries’ navies are already exploring the area for quicker sea routes. Scientific measurements in Antarctica — where thick ice sheets sit atop land, not floating on the ocean as in the Arctic — show the ice sheets are diminishing on one side while growing on the other. But the fact that a ship got stuck in ice in the Antarctica doesn’t tell us anything about the phenomenon.

First, said fact checkers try to obfuscate. They were apparently separate comments regarding Kerry and the ship. But, it is cute that Borenstein has now shifted the goalposts of a doomed North Pole to several decades from now. Nor does he mention that science is showing that the melt in a port of Antarctica seems to be coming from underneath, most likely from volcanic activity, rather than someone using a gas stove.

CRUZ: “If you’re a big-government politician, if you want more power, climate change is the perfect pseudo-scientific theory … because it can never, ever, ever be disproven.”

THE FACTS: Far from being pseudo-science, climate change is the consensus view among real scientists.

Again, consensus is not science. And, those who are believers have set up a system where their beliefs cannot be disproven. And, warming is not proof of anthropogenic causation: just warming. Which happens. The Cult of Climastrology needs to prove their hypothesis through science, not talking points and failed computer models, especially when the satellite records disagree with the surface records. Let’s not forget that NASA stated that “Satellite analysis of upper atmosphere is more accurate, & should be adopted as the standard way to monitor temp change.” Now that the satellite data disagrees, Warmists hate them. They’d prefer to use the land based measurements, which include tons of improperly sited stations, stations that over-estimate warming, and, rather than lower their values for smoothing, they increase the values on properly sited stations which refuse to cooperate with the talking points.

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