James Inhofe: Weapons Grade Moron

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.

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  • Reginald Selkirk

    “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,”

    GOP to English translation:

    “I find it funny that destitute people will be freezing to death.”

  • magistramarla

    I wonder how those 300,000 folks who are dealing with contaminated water would answer his call for less regulation and oversight of business?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    “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.”

    DarkSyde covered this:

    Weather Underground: “The only significant thing about the cold wave is how long it has been since a cold wave of this force has hit for some portions of the country–18 years, to be specific. Prior to 1996, cold waves of this intensity occurred pretty much every 5-10 years. In the 19th century, they occurred every year or two (since 1835). Something that, unlike the cold wave, is a truly unprecedented is the dry spell in California and Oregon, which is causing unprecedented winter wildfires in Northern California.” Part of the reason that this week’s cold wave did not set any all-time or monthly cold records is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so in a warming climate.

  • otrame

    Yeah, we haven’t had a cold spell like it since the early 1990s. I am old enough to remember when such cold spells happened at least a couple of times a year.

    Meanwhile anyone with a bit of sense up in eastern Canada is buying land north of the old “line” past which maple trees did not thrive in the past. Because the maple harvest is getting earlier and earlier down here and will eventually fail because those trees need cold weather they are not getting down here in the States. Need to get those seedlings in the ground now to take over the maple sugar industry in a couple of decades.

  • John Pieret

    At least some climate scientists think that global warming may have contributed to the so-called Arctic vortex, which is a very unusual weather pattern. In any event, morons like Inhofe will never understand that weather is not climate. The NYC area (at least) has been alternating unusually warm temperatures with unusually cold ones over the last three weeks. The deniers’ confirmation bias will only note the cold temperaturse and forget the unusually warm ones.

  • colnago80

    As I commented on another blog, the low temperatures in the DC area bottomed out at about 6 degrees F. Back in the mid 1970s, there were several days where the temperatures fell below 0 degrees F with a high in the single positive digits. That was just about 40 years ago.

  • colnago80

    Re John Pieret @ #5

    Or they will produce graphs of cherry picked data like this blogs resident climate change denier, Sir Lancelot did last week.

  • colnago80

    Creationist surgeon Michael Egnor has been posting comments over at Larry Moran’s blog recently and, in addition to being an evolution denier, Egnor is also a global warming denier. Here’s an example of his mentality. Not a jot or a tittle of evidence, just character assassination. An example of one Egnor comment:

    So climate “scientists” are being cut loose. So sad. Sounds like folks are catching on to the green loons and their fake science. Honest people are realizing that we’ve been footing the bill for being lied to about the Imminent End of the Earth

    The easiest way to snuff this junk science– enviro-apocalypticism, Darwinian mythology, and the like– is to defund the shit. If you want to publicize your mental illness or your creation myth, do it on your own dime.

    http://goo.gl/6GctO6

  • MikeMa

    Inhofe’s god says not to worry. Inhofe’s corporate income depends on his continued battle against reality. The first probably extends from the second. This creature ought to recuse himself.

  • Michael Heath

    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.

    I see the lack of seriousness Sen. Inhofe employs in regards to the climate change threat extends to his concern in maximizing economic growth. That’s no surprise, I’ve yet to encounter a AGW denialist who could confront inconvenient facts on at least some other political matters.

  • http://nigelthebold.com/ Avo, also nigelTheBold

    Yep. It sure was cold for a couple of days here in Cleveland.

    It was 50 this weekend. Now it’s 44. In January. In Cleveland. After only a couple of days of single-digit temps.

    Sure is cold out.

  • busterggi

    “If you are under 40, you have not seen this stuff before.”

    And if you’re over 50 you can remember when this kind of weather was normal. Unless you’re Imhofe.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    John Pieret #5: The NYC area (at least) has been alternating unusually warm temperatures with unusually cold ones over the last three weeks.

    Yes, that is region-wide. We had a big snow, followed by rapid meltdown, followed by the polar vortex. The result: ice jams. Ice clogs the waterways, causing localized flooding.

  • Doug Little

    There are studies that link polar amplification with extreme weather events, whilst any one event is not evidence of climate change this type of weather is expected because of climate change. Same goes for increased intensity of hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones. That’s what is so infuriating about the false equivalence and straw manning that has been emanating from the denyosphere over the cold snap.

  • cptdoom

    Isn’t Australia having a super heatwave right now, you know during their summer? I assume, probably wrongly, that Inhofe is aware the seasons are opposite below the equator.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal had an article in today’s edition (behind a paywall, otherwise I’d link) about how the rapidly melting ice cap at the North Pole is starting to cause several kinds of major national security headaches for the United States (never mind that Canada is much more exposed than the US, but oh, well.)

    I guess Senator Inhofe is being cavalier about that, too.

  • Chiroptera

    If you recall that Inhofe represents a state (Oklahoma) whose economy is based on eventually destroying civilization (extracting fossil fuels), then his denialism is kind of understandable (but still reprehensible).

  • felidae

    Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin runs a close second to Jimmy: when asked about an example of over-regulation he experienced in his business, the best he could come up with is the county building department requiring that the machines in his factory be certified electrically safe–which is about as far as one can get from the Federal Government

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …Oooooo-klahoma, where the wind whistles through Inhofe’s ears…

  • iknklast

    First, things like this remind me why I moved out of Oklahoma (but I’m still in a red state, so it’s only marginally better).

    Second, the biggest problem is not overregulation but underregulation. Our regulations are inadequate to protect human health and the environment, and are designed mostly to protect large corporations from liability.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    @iknklast #20 – Such as that chemical company in West Virginia. Any takers for a pool on how long before area Republicans start screeching that there would have been no accident if there had been less regulation?

  • bobcarroll

    The one constant prediction of the global climate change is that extreme weather conditions would become common. Hence the warming we are now experiencing in the NE.(not the cold)..

    And there seems to have been a few extremely violent tornados somewhere in the middle of the county. Where was that again? oh yes, Oklahoma. With any luck, enough of the citizens of Oklahoma will see the light and get rod of this lackwit.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Isn’t Australia having a super heatwave right now, you know during their summer? I assume, probably wrongly, that Inhofe is aware the seasons are opposite below the equator.”

    If those traitorous Aussie bastids woulda let us station our NuclearPeace Navy there, then it would BE winter there, like it is in all freedom lovin’ nations like MurKKKa!

  • hunter

    In a rational world, this man couldn’t get elected dog catcher. Unfortunately, we do not live in such a world.

    Uh, Ed? As a couple of people have pointed out, he’s from Oklahoma. You’re expecting rational anything?

  • Lofty

    Yup. It’s a toasty 44 degrees outside right now, here in Down Underville. Celsius that is.

  • colnago80

    Re Lofty @ #25

    112 degrees F. That’s Palm Springs weather.

  • dingojack

    Heatwave*? What heatwave? Here it’s a pleasant 28 degrees C (82.4 F) therefore ‘AGW is crap’** because weather is climate – because I said so, so there!

    @@

    Dingo

    ——–

    * 44 C is approx. 111.2 F.

    ** So says our ‘fearless’ Leader, and he’s an expert ’cause morons voted for him that’s why!

    ubique insulsi sunt

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    I wonder if anybody’s ever asked Inhole what he thinks caused the “Dustbowl”. And if they did, I wonder if he told them that he din’t know what caused it, but, Okloma would, BY GOD, win it!

  • caseloweraz

    Gregory in Seattle: @iknklast #20 – Such as that chemical company in West Virginia. Any takers for a pool on how long before area Republicans start screeching that there would have been no accident if there had been less regulation?

    There could hardly have been less regulation for the West Virginia company; its storage tank hadn’t been inspected since 1990 IIRC. Of course, that won’t stop certain Republicans from behaving as you expect.

    Which reminds me — has there been a decision regarding the fertilizer plant blast in West, TX?

  • caseloweraz

    Google is my friend. A June 2013 story from CBS News reports that:

    A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant told a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall under a “patchwork” of standards that are decades old and are far weaker than rules used by other countries.

    It also notes that “The findings have been submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.”

    Guess which Senator served as either chair or Ranking Republican on that committee from 2003 through 2013. Yep: the senior Senator from Oklahoma.

  • uzza

    This creature was or is head of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, in charge of everything to do with the environment and infrastructure. How is that possible? It’s rather like putting Osama bin Laden in charge of National Defense.