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With Inhofe in, is climate change out?

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ofam_climatechangeThe short answer is that climate change is no more out than it’s always been in the theater of absurd that’s the Senate, but now maybe more so.

That’s because James Inhofe at the controls of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee over the next two years, climate change will enter into an even more maddening and frighteningly hilarious era. Like whistling past the graveyard.

Here are some quotations from the most aggressive climate change denier in the Senate:

– “Climate change isn’t real because the Bible says it ain’t.”

– “My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

– He claimed that global warming might help humanity. It’s also important to question whether global warming is even a problem for human existence. Thus far no one has seriously demonstrated any scientific proof that increased global temperatures would lead to the catastrophes predicted by alarmists. In fact, it appears that just the opposite is true: that increases in global temperatures may have a beneficial effect on how we live our lives.”

– On the International Panel on Climate Change‘s Synthesis Report released last week, he said:

“The idea that our advanced industrialized economy would ever have zero carbon emissions is beyond extreme and further proof that the IPCC is nothing more than a front for the environmental left. It comes as no surprise that the IPCC is again advocating for the implementation of extreme climate change regulations that will cripple the global economy and send energy prices skyrocketing. The United States is in the midst of an energy renaissance that has the potential to bring about American energy independence, which would strengthen our national security and energy reliability for generations into the future. At a time of economic instability and increased threats to American interests, the IPCC’s report is little more than high hopes from the environmental left.”

For anyone still uncertain about where he stands, Inhofe reiterated his positions in his 2012 book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.

Yes, he’s a certifiable wacko, but unfortunately that rare breed of wacko that can’t be ignored or laughed off the stage. He’s the bane of every scientist who dares to uphold a century’s worth of climate measurements against the word of God.

And he chairs the Senate panel on the environment!

If one repeats absurdity often enough—as in most of the Republican talking points about almost anything—they take hold in the national psyche, or at least in what people talk about, and then must spend precious time refuting. From a marketing standpoint it’s brilliant. As Benny Thomas writes in a recent MediaPost article: “Even the most absurd ideas can take off when marketed well.”

Thomas continues that it’s time for counter-measures: “Because make no mistake, it’s game time for climate change activists. Time to step up to the plate and fight for the truth. Most importantly, find new ways to fight. The old ones aren’t working as well as they need to.” For instance: stop being so alarmist and be a little more entertaining. Yeah, think of Inhofe as comic relief and then ignore him.

Yes indeed the “world’s greatest deliberative body” has transformed itself in the world’s greatest collection of boobies.

Image: Oxfam hungry for climate action at Durban Climate Conference by Oxfam International via Flickr cc


Written by William DiBenedetto

9 December, 2014 at 6:05 am

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  1. Oh dear, kinda glad those kind of comments aren’t heard of in the UK Parliament, but there are some backbenchers who i wouldn’t surprised about saying some similar


    9 December, 2014 at 8:41 am

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