Sen. Ted Cruz embarrassed Sierra Club President Aaron Mair during Senate hearings Tuesday, as Mair was repeatedly unable to answer straightforward questions about global warming. Under cool, calm, respectful questioning from Cruz, Mair was repeatedly flustered and created long, embarrassing periods of silence while he sought help from aides to answer Cruz’s questions.
In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, which Cruz chairs, Mair claimed humans are creating a global warming crisis, the crisis demands immediate action, and the topic should not be open to debate. During questioning at the end of Mair’s testimony, Cruz exposed Mair’s lack of knowledge regarding basic climate facts:
Cruz: “How do you address the fact that in the last 18 years the satellite data show no demonstrable warming whatsoever?”
Mair: “Sir, I would rely upon the Union of Concerned Scientists, and I would rely upon the evidence, again, of our own NOAA officials, the data are there.”
Cruz: “Is it correct that the satellite data over the last 18 years demonstrate no significant warming?”
Cruz: “How is it incorrect?”
Mair then leaned back so that a Sierra Club staffer could whisper in his ear. After eight seconds of silence, during which Mair made confused hand gestures and facial expressions, Mair vaguely answered: