Ted Cruz, The Science Guy!
OK, so GG is busy with a day job (go figure) and doesn’t have the time or the stomach for perusing the background of the latest kids running the Congressional science committees, but over at The Mountain Mystery you can see how earth science is, well, being viewed as earth non-science.
Ted Cruz, the science guy! Those are five words that tickle your tongue when spoken together. But it’s true, the senator is now America’s science guy. Senator Ted Cruz (R–TX) is the new chair of the science and space panel, a Senate commerce sub-committee. On Thursday, March 12, Cruz bugged geophysicists everywhere when he sat at a committee hearing and stated that earth sciences are not “hard science.” They are not core, he added. Apparently that makes them ‘soft science.’ I suppose some geologists, hydrologists, oceanographers, and geophysicists would disagree, but what would they know about their profession?
Cruz knows the difference between hard and soft. He is head of the committee that oversees most of the federal government’s science expenditures. It’s a powerful role, but the unofficial presidential candidate may soon be in an even more powerful office. The Texas senator made the claim about the ‘softness’ of earth sciences…
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