The villiage idiot of Climate Change Deniers (there are scientific skeptics and there are just plain old idiots), Senator James Inhofe, has a new book out called, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future. In it, born again whack-job Inhofe gambles with the life of all future generations with this oft-used whopper (yes, I actually heard my libertarian brother repeat this mantra to me many years ago):
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 bases this seriously flawed argument (hello, how about man’s technology being a game-changer? Anyone? Anyone?) — and even U.S. government policy — on an Old Testament Bible verse:
Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in [my book] is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there.
Oh, so that’s what that means! But let me see if I get this straight: mankind can destroy the earth thousands of times over with its nuclear weapons, poison the air, land, seas and animals of “God’s creation” with manmade pollution and garbage, and bring sun-spawned calamity to frail earthling skins through ozone layer depletion with human-created CFCs, but it’s only arrogant NOW to actually dare think that mankind could actually change the planet’s climate?
GEE-JUZ! That’s frightening. Put all your eggs in “god’s hands” and man has no responsibility whatsoever?
As Think Progress Green further points out:
Inhofe [also] attack[ed] evangelical leader Rich Cizik, the former Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals, who has made the religious case for fighting climate change pollution. Inhofe said Cizik has been “exposed as a liberal” and that he is like idolatrous Romans described in the Bible as those who “give up the truth about God for a lie.”
In [an] interview, Inhofe did not mention he has received $1,352,523 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including $90,950 from Koch Industries.
Look, it’s OK to be a misguided Born Again, I guess. It is America, after all. (Hell, I had the distinct misfortune of attending a Christian high school in my youth and even bought into the whole, big biblical fairy tale for awhile too.) But to be a hypocrite and a money-changing opportunist is whole other thing.
- Inhofe: It Is ‘Arrogance Of People To Think That We … Would Be Able To Change’ What God Is Doing With The Climate (thinkprogress.org)
- Inhofe: God Says Global Warming Is A Hoax (thinkprogress.org)
UPDATE: Inhofe appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show last week.
Like a giddy school child, I was really excited for this takedown interview, but watching it was even more awkward than I expected. I love Maddow, but she left a bunch of ammo still in the guns. In addition, not only did I think that she sort of blindsided Inhofe (perhaps rightfully so) with footage from a 2009 Rachel Maddow episode that basically linked Inhofe with Uganda’s “kill gays” legislation, but Inhofe actually told the Republican truth: That money is everything, even when the planet is at stake. Look at this shocking quote (as pointed out by Think Progress too):
“I was actually on your side of this issue when I was chairing that committee and I first heard about this. I thought it must be true until I found out what it cost.”
So let me see if I get this straight: We don’t need to worry about halting global warming, even if the science behind it is true, because it’ll cost too much?
Inhofe (who actually appeared more human than I expected. OK, maybe less animatronic) then went on to wax nostalgic about how his own grandchildren are being brainwashed with environmental hokum by “unelected bureaucrats” (teachers, the EPA, etc.). I guess brainwashing should only be allowed by elected bureaucrats, like him, apparently. He even pulled a big conservative faux pas no-no when he actually quoted the UN in support of one of his flimsy arguments, which I always thought was a conservative boogeyman. What a reach.
Finally, I couldn’t help but wonder how his oft-referred-to grandchildren would feel one day in the future, say, when they reached 50 years of age, and had to live with the ominous knowledge that dear old Grandpa was probably the biggest obstacle to the world actually halting global warming way back when it still had the chance. It might be like being one of Hitler’s grandchildren (not the secret ones). Probably need to change that last name….
The Greatest Generation sacrificed everything to stop worldwide fascism for future generations.
Today’s generations can’t even sacrifice a tiny bit of their selfish, greedy, oblivious lifestyles (they wouldn’t even notice it) for the environmental safety of future generations.
- Inhofe’s Stunning Admission To Maddow on Global Warming: ‘I Thought It Must Be True Until I Found Out What It Cost” (thinkprogress.org)
- Response to James Inhofe’s Statements to Rachel Maddow on Climate Shift Report (bigthink.com)
- Inhofe On The 97% Of Scientists Who Agree Global Warming Is Real: ‘That Doesn’t Mean Anything’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Inhofe: Global warming too costly to be real (grist.org)