195 countries may have given the proverbial thumps up to a landmark climate change agreement earlier this month, but that historical moment is of course having very little impact on the careers of climate change deniers across the nation. Ted Cruz, for example, is still out there dropping endless Princess Bride references and saying nonsensical stuff like this, from a recent interview with NPR:
"The scientific evidence doesn't support global warming. For the last 18 years, the satellite data—we have satellites that monitor the atmosphere. The satellites that actually measure the temperature showed no significant warming whatsoever."
Thankfully, Trevor Noah isn’t having any of that anti-science nonsense. "You see, the Earth has been unhealthy for some time, it has a problem," Noah told his Daily Show audience on Monday. "So what the Paris agreement has done is basically sign the Earth up for a gym membership." Ted Cruz, of course, threatens to sabotage Earth’s plan to shed those extra degrees before the apocalypse by selectively choosing stats and figures to give his rhetoric the deceptive appearance of something called truth.
"We don’t typically measure in time periods of 18 years," Noah says of Cruz's obviously preposterous "18 years" argument. "Unless you’re calculating child support. You see, the only reason Cruz picks 18 years is that's the only way that the data works in his favor." Noah also manages to squeeze in a quick Star Wars reference, because why not: "Ted Cruz is using a small piece of the truth to misrepresent the whole truth. It’s like if somebody told you that Star Wars is a story all about kissing his sister. That did happen at a certain point in the movie, but that’s not the whole movie and it would be misleading to say that."
Science is your friend, everyone. Please remember that.