By Matt Owens March 31, 2013
Ted Cruz (R) Senator from Texas, proudly objected to a small phrase in a minor Senate commemoration - in other words a completely symbolic action of the Senate. It commemorated International Women’s Day. Cruz didn't like a statement that women “are disproportionately affected by changes in climate because of their need to secure water, food and fuel for their livelihood.” That phrase was referring to women in developing countries.
Above right: Ted Cruz at CPAC 2013, at National Harbor, Maryland; Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Flickr.
Gail Collins reports in The New York Times that a spokesman of the Senator said: “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.” Because of the objection, the reference to climate change was removed.
Curiously, Cruz's entire state stands to be turned into a classic hellish desert, drifting sand dunes and all. No, not by angry women mind you (you know what they say about hell hath no fury...), but by something nearly as bad - climate change. If the worst of climate change comes to pass, there won't be much hope keeping one of those McDonald's meat machines they call cows alive, let alone a chance to grow anything besides salt crust in your nose hairs. And as for how well Texans would fare - well you know how popular the Sahara is.
In recent government action in the Carolinas, legislation tried to allow developers to ignore sea level rise risks, while another report on sea level rise was buried. In both cases, the implication, unproven as yet, is that legislators are pandering to wealthy property owners and developers who would stand to take a large financial blow if their beach-front property were valued to include its future non-existence.
If Cruz is caving to similar pressures, then the big money players are likely positioning themselves to get what they can out of their investments - and leave the little guy holding the bag. Or perhaps I've read too much into this, and money and politics aren't connected... Time will tell. Either way it's still a disservice to the most vulnerable (e.g. Texans) to ignore the climate problem at this late stage.