Perky Katie Couric separately interviewed both Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz about global cooling-warming/climate change, and the contrast is striking.
Couric began questioning Ted Cruz with the statement, “97% of scientists agree that global warming is manmade.”
Cruz responded saying that the “97% of scientists” claim is based on a discredited study and that there hasn’t been any global warming in 17 years. “It’s not happening,” Cruz said.
Then Cruz talked about how the media pushed “Global Cooling” on us in the 1970’s, and whether it’s global cooling or global warming, the basic motive behind it is always the same: about increased government control of the economy. And then Cruz said that liberals changed the name to “climate change”, so they could always claim there was a problem regardless of whether it got hotter or colder. Cruz further said that the Democrats are abandoning union workers in favor of environmentalists, creating an opening for Republicans.
So Cruz started with a question meant to put him on the defensive, and turned it around to (a) disprove global warming (b) explain how it is scam used by the government to control us and (c) turn it into an opening to attract union voters. And he did it with a manner that was gentle and friendly and smart. …
When Couric asked Carly Fiorina if she thought man-made global warming was a problem, her response was quite telling:
[Fiorina] hemmed and hawed … that it wasn’t a problem compared to fighting ISIS and other issues, but didn’t want to answer the basic question. She also said that “a single nation acting [alone can make no difference at all]….” She says we have to focus on innovation, like clean coal. But she doesn’t answer the basic question until finally at the end, when asked for the fourth or fifth time, Carly admits that “climate change” is real [issue], just not as important as other issues.
Carly’s interview was bad for several reasons. First, she looked evasive on answering the basic, simple question of whether man-made climate change is real, and she looked evasive because she was evasive. Not good. Secondly, she got the answer wrong. As we all know, there has been no global warming for 17 or 18 years. Thirdly, while she correctly stated that the US could not solve the “problem” alone, she bought into the Left’s argument that there is a problem. She accepted the premise of their argument, and once she does that, she operates on the defensive. (Emphasis mine) After watching that interview a low-information voter might think “Well, even Republicans agree it’s real, now I have to figure out who is better on this issue.”
The neo-conservative National Review praised Fioria‘s global-warming answers in her interview with Couric.
For the candidates’ global-warming interviews on youtube, see Katie Couric Interviews Sen. Ted Cruz on Climate Change and Carly Fiorina makes mincemeat of interviewer Katie Couric – Climate change.
For more of the two commentaries, see What happens when Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina are compared head to head? and Carly Fiorina Shows How to Address the Left on Climate Change.