Sen. James Inhofe has long held the title of the nation’s dumbest senator, especially since Jesse Helms left that distinguished body. He’s also a bit obsessive about global warming, so much so that he decided to deliver this bit of rank stupidity during a debate on extending unemployment benefits:
Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma on Wednesday used debate over extending unemployment insurance to claim that climate change was really a harmless act of God.
“It is a little bit humorous to me that we are talking about extending unemployment benefits in the midst of one of the most intense cold fronts in American history,” he said on the Senate floor. “I saw one newscaster yesterday who said: If you are under 40, you have not seen this stuff before. It has to make everyone question — and I am going to tie this together — whether global warming was ever real.”
Inhofe accused the Obama administration of enacting costly environmental regulations based on flawed climate science. He claimed overregulation was to blame for the high rates of unemployment.
“That is what makes global warming so important to mention as we debate the extension of unemployment benefits. If we want to improve our employment figures, what we need to do is stop the onslaught of environmental regulations that have come out during this Obama presidency.”
In a rational world, this man couldn’t get elected dog catcher. Unfortunately, we do not live in such a world.