Ted Cruz recently spoke to Glenn Beck about climate change as a political issue and suggested it’s not science but religion. He makes an interesting case. Cruz points to the language around the issue, specifically the use of the term “denier.”

CNS News has the transcript:

Ted Cruz: ‘Climate Change Is Not Science — It’s Religion’

“Just a couple weeks ago in the Senate I chaired a hearing where the president of the Sierra Club testified,” said Senator Cruz in an Oct. 28 interview on The Blaze TV. “We had an exchange, where I simply asked him about the data.”

“He [Mair] simply couldn’t answer the most basic question, starting with the fact — he couldn’t answer the most basic fact that for the last 18 years the satellite data show no significant warming whatsoever,” said Cruz.

“He had no idea about that,” said Cruz. “He turned to his aides every minute or two.”

“You know, part of the reason he didn’t know the facts?” said Cruz. “Because climate change is not science — it’s religion.”

“Look at the language where they call you a denier,” said the senator. “Denier is not the language of science.”

Look, I’m the child of two scientists,” he said. “My parents are both mathematicians, computer programmers. My dad was a self-taught geophysicist. The essence of the scientific method is to start with a hypothesis and then look to evidence to disprove the hypothesis. You’re not trying to prove it. You’re trying to disprove it.”

“Any good scientist is a skeptic,” said the senator. “If he’s not, he or she should not be a scientist. But yet the language of the global warming alarmists, ‘denier’ is the language of religion. It’s heretic. You are a blasphemer.”

Here’s the video:

A report published by the Christian Science Monitor yesterday seems to confirm Cruz’s point.

Why climate change unites Buddhists around the world

The interactions between environmental issues and faith are evolving, as religious leaders weigh in to guide actions of the faithful on climate change.

Buddhist leaders expressed support and lofty expectations for the Paris climate talks at the end of November in a document they call “Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective,” released Thursday.

“We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is at stake as a result of our actions,” leaders wrote in the statement. “There is still time to slow the pace of climate change and limit its impacts, but to do so, the Paris summit will need to put us on a path to phase out fossil fuels.”

Featured image via MRCTV video.