Cruz Gets Senate To Censor Innocuous Mention Of ‘Changes In Climate’ In Resolution For International Women’s Day

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Gail Collins has a terrific piece in how the GOP used to be concerned about the environment, but now, not so much.

The whole column, “Cooling on Warming,” is worth reading, but one thing in particular caught my eye:

… earlier this month, a deeply noncontroversial Senate resolution commemorating International Women’s Day had to be taken back and edited because someone objected to a paragraph — which had been in an almost identical version passed in the last Congress — stating that women in developing countries “are disproportionately affected by changes in climate because of their need to secure water, food and fuel for their livelihood.”

You may be wondering who the objecting senator was. Normally, these things are supposed to be kind of confidential, but in this case the lawmaker in question is proud to let you know that he is — yes! — Ted Cruz of Texas.

“A provision expressing the Senate’s views on such a controversial topic as ‘climate change’ has no place in a supposedly noncontroversial resolution requiring consent of all 100 U.S. senators,” a Cruz spokesman said.

Note that the offending statement doesn’t even spell out what caused these “changes in climate.” It merely states that when such changes occur, women in developing countries are disproportionately affected. Kind of a “duh” statement.

But not for the Senator from drought-stricken Texas. Thank goodness Cruz swooped in to make sure that even purely ceremonial resolutions don’t contain any words that people might associate with the threat of human-caused global warming. I suppose his ultimate goal is to erase any Congressional reference to climate change whatsoever because what you don’t know can’t hurt future generations, right?

And speaking of future generations Collins notes:

There was a time, children, when the Republican Party was a hotbed of environmental worrywarts. The last big clean air act of the Bush I administration passed the House 401 to 21. But no more, no more. You’re not going to get any sympathy for controlling climate change from a group that doesn’t believe the climate is actually changing. As Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, used to say, “Only nature can change the climate — a volcano, for instance.”

It’s sort of ironic. These are the same folks who constantly seed their antideficit speeches with references to our poor, betrayed descendants. (“This is a burden our children and grandchildren will have to bear.”) Don’t you think the children and grandchildren would appreciate being allowed to hang onto the Arctic ice cap?

I’m sure our children and grandchildren would like to live in a world with a livable climate that could actually sustain its projected population, too, but that isn’t where we are headed if Cruz has his way.

And yes, the see-no-climate-burden Cruz is also one of the GOP’s hate-the-debt-burden hypocrites, as this recent tweet shows:

Seriously, we need a reminder to put an end to our irresponsible life-style that threatens our children’s future….

22 Responses to Cruz Gets Senate To Censor Innocuous Mention Of ‘Changes In Climate’ In Resolution For International Women’s Day

  1. Merrelyn Emery says:

    To get this desperate means they must know the game is over, ME

  2. Sasparilla says:

    My guess, ME, is actually that the forces against action on climate change have solidified their control of the Republican party (in the U.S. Federal Govt.) to such an extent that this passes for acceptable behavior within their circles (and will be rewarded with campaign donations from their appropriate masters – eliminating all record of the words climate change from federal legislation etc. is something I’m sure they get rewarded for).

  3. BobbyL says:

    This fits in with Collin’s thesis that Texas is to blame for all of America’s problems which she explains in her book “As Texas Goes….How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda.” Too bad it wasn’t California that hijacked the American agenda. We would probably have solar panels and wind turbines powering America by now. So how do we get the American agenda back from Texas?

  4. paul magnus says:

    Happening here too… Canada is becoming increasingly isolated on the world stage, especially when it comes to environmental issues — from pulling out of the Kyoto Accord to shutting down world-renowned research facilities like the Experimental Lakes Area to this latest move.

    For our government to stop working with the rest of the world to resolve some of the most serious issues we face is a betrayal of Canadian values.


  5. Mimikatz says:

    Cruz’ father was a petroleum engineer. He was born in Alberta, and his love of oil appears to have been an inherited trait.

  6. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I’m with you ME. This action is so petty, so overblown, so bullyingly authoritarian, even for a Rightwinger, that it speaks of desperation and fear. It is also, unfortunately, a sign that, as I confidently expected, the dawning of the realisation of their defeat will bring a really extreme display of anger and vengeance from the Rightwing extreme, which, after all, is where the money and power reside these days. I expect something similar from an Abbott regime, particularly if the Greens get in the way of his ‘destiny’ and his ‘Man-date’.

  7. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Give it back to Mexico!

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    We have a Harper in Tony Abbott, and the UK under Cameron has just had mention of climate change removed from the agenda of the next G8 meeting. It appears to be a disease of the Anglosphere Right, and its fellow travelers in regions like Eastern Europe. The most amazing, most vicious and most self-destructive manifestation may be climate destabilisation denial, but the frantic crusade to destroy public education and the life prospects of the bottom 50% (at least) of the population, seems to me even more sinister in its implications.

  9. Merrelyn Emery says:

    I’m sure that’s probably right but my point is that sort of solidification indicates ‘backs to the wall’, ME

  10. Joan Savage says:

    Wikipedia says his mother worked in the oil business, too.

  11. Mike Roddy says:

    We can’t count those guys out. Idiocy has prevailed up to this point, and what has changed? “Evidence”? That never moved them before. The Right is looking forward to Living Large here and blissful harp music in Heaven.

    They won’t budge for a decade or so, and when events force an epiphany, it will be Mission Accomplished- 10 more years of balls out burning of fossil fuels. They will hire Luntz to help them wiggle out of the dissonance, too. Republicans did it after Vietnam, and have dealt with the Iraq debacle with twisted, repressed gay worship of “the troops”. With Big Media’s help, they can get away with lies forever.

  12. Mike Roddy says:

    Good idea! Or quietly fund their secession movement, while making sure we seize all the nukes in Abilene before it’s too late.

  13. Mike Roddy says:

    Canada has never had much in the way of environmental values, something they claim by virtue of all of the space and tree cover. Unfortunately, they are still furiously clearing them, with mile wide clearcuts. Mining practices and water pollution suck up north, too.

    Sorry to be so negative, Paul, and I know other Canadians like yourself, but there is too little attention to the constant carnage in your country’s out of the way locations. Carbon consequences are horrible.

  14. BobbyL says:

    I read there was a petition on the White House website to let Texas leave but to keep Austin in the US. Supposedly a petition for Texas to leave the US gathered a lot of names. If a minimum number of names is reached on these petitions the White House is required to respond.

  15. When Republicans went looking for a Hispanic politician, is Cruz the best they could do?

  16. Paul Browne says:

    I’m no Einstein, but is Cruz really the best the GOP can do? His stance on nearly everything seem incredibly dumb.

  17. Paul Browne says:

    Cameron’s and Osborne’s agenda to put the burden of the financial collapse on the poorest in UK society is truly evil. This will come to fruition in the UK, I think, in July and August this year. When the true scale of the latest cuts really start to hit the poorest. Don’t be surprised to see wide spread rioting in UK cities. People are being told they have to pay more, when they already don’t have anything.

  18. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Oh, I agree, but I just get the feeling that, despite total MSM support, the denialist Right is becoming marginalised. I think it is time to step up the pressure, and I really think that an effort should be made to draw up draft laws for the prosecution of crimes against humanity through knowingly denying the science and obstructing efforts to ameliorate the catastrophe. I’m sure that there are lawyers who could work on the project, then the results could be published, for general discussion, and for implementation when a suitable governing regime is elected somewhere. These laws should have universal jurisdictionm retrospectivity and no statute of limitations. It will ‘concentrate their minds’ admirably, I believe.

  19. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Yes, once the point of discontinuity has been reached, the minority becomes more extreme and dwindles to cult status. Also, usage of old media is being replaced by new media, particularly amongst the young. The old denier sites will be ignored or laughed at, and not a moment too soon, ME

  20. groupthink crasher says:

    ” Too bad it wasn’t California that hijacked the American agenda.”

    Yeah, wouldn’t it be great if we all lived next door to a oil rig?

    “We would probably have solar panels and wind turbines powering America by now. So how do we get the American agenda back from Texas?”

    That’s funny Bobby, Texas produces more wind power than any other state. Twice as much as your beloved California.

  21. Dick Smith says:

    Frankly, I’m jealous. They have someone who reads innocuous resolutions, and fights for what he believes in. I wish our side had more fight in them.

    Why aren’t Democrats attaching an amendment to eliminate fossil-fuel subsidies to EVERY fiscal bill the way Republicans do with Keystone XL?

  22. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Very true Paul. The depth of the sadism and vicious cruelty of that regime, in deliberately targeting the poor, disabled and weak is truly diabolical. These are, in my opinion, really evil policies, but they are becoming ubiquitous around the planet wherever the collapse of neo-liberal capitalism is most progressed. And, unfortunately in the short-term, but just possibly fortunately in the long-term, protest is exactly what Cameron et al, and their Masters, want. They are well prepared for a massive crack-down in response, and ever more draconian repression. It is simply the way that psychopaths operate-they become jaded with the old means of gaining perverse pleasure from terrorising and brutalising others, so must continually up the ante to greater and greater stimulation to get their perverted psychological rewards. If humanity survives the next fifty years it will only be if we find some form of social organisation that keeps Rightwing psychopaths (forgive the redundancy) away from power, forever.