Jeb Bush wants a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants. Ted Cruz is making a campaign out of calling that “amnesty.” Bush wants to cut income taxes and reduce the number of brackets. Cruz wants a flat tax and to end the IRS “as we know it.”
And Bush believes that, at least to some degree, human activity is contributing climate change. Ted Cruz thinks human-made climate change is a joke.
Early last year, he talked about it at the conservative Heritage Foundation, when he primed the crowd at his energy policy speech with a joke about global warming. “I just got off a plane coming in from Texas,” he said. “I’ve got to tell you, yesterday it was 70 degrees back in Houston. I took my girls out to the park. I get out here and it is freezing. I mean, it is really cold. I have to admit I was surprised.”
The punch line: “Al Gore told us this wouldn’t happen.”
But for all their differences—both in their degree of conservatism and their view on climate science—what they say they would actually do in the White House on energy issues is nearly identical.
Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas, has not laid out an energy platform (his campaign says that one will arrive at some point), but there’s no mystery about what he wants. After his climate crack at the Heritage Foundation, he outlined plans that formed the basis of wide-ranging bills Cruz would introduce in March of 2014 and reintroduce a year later.