James Inhofe, the senior senator from the, uh, great state of Oklahoma, would be the biggest buffoon in the Senate if not for Ted Cruz. Hell, he might be anyway. He’s certainly much dumber than Cruz. After his snowball bullshit last week, he’s now once again backing up his climate change denial with the Bible.
Inhofe is not some backbench member of the upper chamber, but is in fact the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, with jurisdiction over the allegedly non-existent climate problem. And so it may have been deeply disturbing for a man with so much power over the fate of the planet to display such stunning ignorance.
Indeed, even on his own terms, the snowball doesn’t make the point he thinks it does. Climate change produces wild and extreme swings in weather. That Washington, D.C., is experiencing record cold and snowfall is not refutation of climate change, but rather one more data point to add to the pile in support of it…
In his recent book on climate change, which he titles The Greatest Hoax, he assures readers that the scientists — which he refers to as “alarmists” throughout the book — can be ignored because a greater Authority has already spoken.“I take my religion seriously,” Inhofe writes. “[T]his is what a lot of alarmists forget: God is still up there, and He promised to maintain the seasons and that cold and heat would never cease as long as the earth remains.”
For those still skeptical of his climate change skepticism, Inhofe quotes from the source material, “one of my favorite Bible verses,” Genesis 8:22:
As long as the earth remains
There will be springtime and harvest
Cold and heat, winter and summer
Which, even if it mattered at all, has nothing remotely to do with climate change. Global warming does not mean there won’t be any more seasons, it means that those seasons are likely to be more extreme, as will weather patterns in general. It means different things for different parts of the planet. But seriously, how fucking ridiculous is that we have a U.S. Senator, the chairman of an environmental committee in the alleged “greatest deliberative body in the world,” who thinks a Bible verse should guide public policy?