Actually the Senator is using the opportunity to read Dr. Roy Spensor's views on climate change into the Senate record, in front of video cameras. The President Aaron Mair about views concerning Anthropogenic Global Warming skeptic Dr. Roy Speners. This is a discussion between two poorly informed people. Senator Cruz is using information that is ultimately derived from AFW an AGW skeptic, but which may have been further distorted by thrips through the Fox News propaganda machine, and the Senators staff and Presidential campaign organization. Mair appears to know almost as little about arguments used in the AGWdebate as he does about nuclear power. Roy Spencer's papers have received extensive criticism from climate scientists. These criticisms address scientific issues, that are at best poorly understood, by lay people, because problems deal with questions about satalite climate data is collected and interpreted, and anailtic methods and scientific interpretations of the results of data analysis. Since I do not wish to spend several years seeking a PhD level understanding of these issues, I will turn the task of evaluating Dr. Spencer's work over to people like Joe Romm, who quotes a number of well regarded Climat Scientists on their views of Dr. Specer's work.
Romm's essay quotes Dr. Andrew Dessler of Texas A and M, who has written several critiques of Spencer papers. (For example see here). Dressler states:
Finally, the best way to put Roy’s paper into context it is to recognize how Roy views his job: “I would wager that my job has helped save our economy from the economic ravages of out-of-control environmental extremism. I view my job a little like a legislator, supported by the taxpayer, to protect the interests of the taxpayer and to minimize the role of government.” (he wrote that on his blog).Thus, his paper is not really intended for other scientists, since they do not take him seriously anymore (he’s been wrong too many times). Rather, he’s writing his papers for Fox News, the editorial board of the Wall St. Journal, Congressional staffers, and the blogs. These are his audience and the people for whom this research is actually useful — in stopping policies to reduce GHG emissions — which is what Roy wants.
In fact Spencer's assumption that accepting the AGW hypothesis would lead to greater government control of the economy and of our personal lives, is nonesense, if we stop relying on renewable energy to solve problems it cannot solve, and let a new Advanced Nuclear power industry to getr off the ground while subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. An analysis of energy subsidies especially subsidies that are paid by human injury, illness and death, are very much a part of energy equasion.
Senator Cruz is a Senator from Texas. What ever he says about loving free markets and hating government control, Senator Cruz is going to make sure that the Texas Fossil Fuel industry is pritected from market competiti0n from advanced nuclear power facilities. He will also make sure that people can'y sue the fossil fuel industry for environmental consequences which adversly effect human health and safety, as well as damaging infrastructure upon which the economic viability of society rests. Of course, what ever the Serra Club says, through its irresponsible attacks on Carbon free nuclear power, the Environmentalist continuse to follow the Amory Lovins line, making it, like Senator Cruz, a fossil Fuel servant.