Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Make the head of NASA someone who will attempt to fight climate change, rather than a climate change denier.
NASA is one of the main scientific organizations studying climate change and how to combat it, and yet a staunch climate denier has been put in charge of the National Aeronautics Space Administration. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has voiced over and over again that he does not believe in global warming, claiming that there is no science to show that the climate is changing at all, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With all due respect to the congressman and the good he may do in other sections of government, he is clearly not qualified to lead an organization that has entire sections of its website dedicated to proving disbelievers like him wrong. With him in charge, NASA’s attempts to study the environment will suffer and we will lose a major asset as a nation and as a world.
Cruz claims that there is no evidence that the temperature of the planet has climbed at all, joking about how it cannot be real because it still gets cold in the winter. But the need to fight climate change has become an extremely urgent one, and the theory of global warming is supported by an inordinate percentage of scientists. Stephen Hawking has gone so far as to say that it is the most pressing danger to the future of human beings. At this point in time, Cruz’s denial of global warming is willful ignorance, a choice to disregard the studies of those more educated in a topic and to instead focus on his own personal beliefs.
However, even if the existence of climate change comes into question, NASA is still an organization that dedicates extensive time and resources to the study of global warming, having an entire section of its website dedicated to proof of the effects humans are having on the planet. It is evident that a man who does not believe in any of these scientific facts should not be in charge of such an organization. Senator Cruz is simply a bad fit for the position, and could be much more productive elsewhere. His position should be given to someone who believes in actual science.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
Senator Ted Cruz was recently chosen to be the chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness, which oversees NASA. However, he has stated many times that he does not believe climate change is an issue, despite the fact that the vast majority of scientists in the world say that it is and NASA itself dedicates many of its resources to studying and preventing or reversing climate change.
Senator Cruz has said that he wants to dedicate NASA entirely to exploring space, and while that is an important aspect of the organization, I believe that we cannot ignore our own planet in the process. We should continue to dedicate time and intelligence towards stopping climate change and conserving what we have left on Earth.
With all due respect to the senator, I believe that Ted Cruz was a poor choice for the position, and that with him in charge we will lose a major asset in the fight against global warming. I urge you to ask Congress to reconsider their decision to appoint him. Instead, the position should go to someone whose beliefs and political career better match those of NASA, and who will use its resources properly.
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Photo credit: NASA, via WikiMedia Commons