Senator Ted Cruz tried to catch NASA administrator Charles Bolden in a chart trap and it blew up in Cruz’s face. When Cruz tried to corner Bolden into saying that either NASA was appropriately funded or Earth science studies, which for Cruz was code for climate change/global warming research, Bolden shut that line of thinking down.

Administrator Bolden said to Cruz:

We can’t go anywhere if the Kennedy Space Center goes underwater and we don’t know it – and that’s understanding our environment. As Senator Nelson said, it is absolutely critical that we understand Earth’s environment because this is the only place that we have to live