Inhofe Proves His Idiocy Every Day

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?

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  • karmacat

    The Earth will survive will survive global warming. The problem is that we and a whole lot of other species will not.

  • karmacat

    Oops. Sorry for the typo

  • raven

    Genesis:

    As long as the earth remains

    There will be springtime and harvest

    Cold and heat, winter and summer

    This is where god promises to never genocide us again. Thanks god. Nothing like a nearly complete kill to ruin our day.

    It also means…the Rapture, End Times, Apocalypse etc., will never happen!!! The New Testament is wrong!!! Revelation has always been considered a borderline book anyway. No one is quite sure why it is even in the bible.

    Or is Genesis wrong? The bible contradicts itself constantly.

    Maybe jesus will kill us all at the Rapture Any Day Now, and intelligent squids or giant ants will be the ones doing the sowing and harvesting afterwards.

  • StevoR

    “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?”

    Fucken *very!*

    ” ..cold and heat would never cease as long as the earth remains.”

    Or, logically irrespective of that anyhow. Earth is but a pale blue speck; one of, who knows how many, worlds and objects in an incomprehensibly vast cosmos. To imagine cold and heat would cease to be even if Earth were destroyed or not there is, well, just fucken dumb. Even for someone religious who you’d think would still know there’s more to “heaven and Earth” than well, just Earth .. let alone the other things that could be dreamt of in your philosophy or observed by the Hubble Space Telescope, etc …

  • StevoR

    @1. karmacat : “The Earth will survive will survive global warming. The problem is that we and a whole lot of other species will not.”

    Well, I don’t know if that’s true or not. Humanity may or may not survive I don’t think we can say for sure one way or t’other.

    However, one thing we do now is that Global Overheating will lead to the deaths and suffering of so many people in so many ways indefinitely into the future which will be made so much worse and harsher and more painful than need be. Ethically, we’re kind of obliged to avoid that – and even also for own interests in our own lifetimes.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The good Senator needs to tell his constituents that the Bible has proven that there is no drought in Oklahoma, so go ahead and plan (and plant) as though everything is just as it was in years long past.

  • reddiaperbaby1942

    God is “up there”? I greatly fear that he means this literally. Given that the Earth is a sphere (something which was not known at the time his deity was invented), which way is “up”? I’ve often wondered how religious people — at least those for whom their religion is literal rather than metaphorical — actually conceptualize their heaven, now that we’ve got all those satellites and other nasty things “up there”. God and the angels must sometimes be in danger of a traffic collision!

    In any case, having this man on a Committee with even partial control over legislation affecting the environment is beyond belief.

  • ehmm

    “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.”

    And with that, Mr Inhofe just guaranteed himself another term as the senator from the great state of Oklahoma. Or am I the only one who thinks him representing a state that’s chock full of evangelical Christians and oil services jobs is a coincidence?

  • StevoR

    Meanwhile in Florida :

    http://fcir.org/2015/03/08/in-florida-officials-ban-term-climate-change/

    Yeah, like that’ll change reality ..

    (D’oh! Earlier stuffed up and put this on another thread by accident. Mea culpa.)

  • raven

    in-florida-officials-ban-term-climate-change/

    and

    Miami Uses Pumps To Battle Flooding From Sea Level Rise …

    www. npr. org › News › US › Around the Nation

    Oct 10, 2014 – To combat sea level rise, one of the consequences of climate … Climate change is raising sea levels, which means these big tides are becoming a problem. … king tides have produced flooding, damaging cars and property.

    Sometimes you just have to laugh.

    Miami Florida is one of the most vulnerable cities in the world to climate change and sea level rise. Much of the city is only a few feet above sea level. And they are already having trouble with sea level rise and are spending money on it.

    Climate change will happen and the seas will rise whether they believe it or not. North Carolina did something similar and they are highly vulnerable too.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I really don’t see why any Florida official would want to use inflammatory rhetoric or discuss controversial issues like so-called “sea-level rise.” It would just upset the public, which is bad for re-election prospects. On the off-chance that anything bad happens, it’s going to happen on someone else’s watch anyway.

  • John Pieret

    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?

    Unfortunately, he is probably accurately representing most of his constituency.

  • Michael Heath

    karmacat asserts:

    The Earth will survive will survive global warming. The problem is that we [humans] . . . will not.

    Please provide credible citations that has you making this assertion with absolute confidence. You won’t find any. So this is the sort of over-blown rhetoric that allows denialists rhetorical space to tell their own lies.

  • Michael Heath

    D.C. Sessions writes:

    I really don’t see why any Florida official would want to use inflammatory rhetoric or discuss controversial issues like so-called “sea-level rise.” It would just upset the public, which is bad for re-election prospects. On the off-chance that anything bad happens, it’s going to happen on someone else’s watch anyway.

    Florida’s already dealing with the implications of sea level rise: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/regions/southeast

    Here’s a NYTs article based on the above report: http://goo.gl/lxMnSb.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I’m surprised the extremely intelligent American public voted for him in the first place.

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

    Look, it’s not real, if it is real it’s not us, and if it is us it’s too late or too expensive to do anything about it.

     

    And also Algore is fat.

     

    Besides, the Lord only said to one man to tend the garden, but He said to everybody to subdue the Earth.

  • marcus

    karmacat @ 1

    “The Earth will survive global warming. The problem is that we and a whole lot of other species will not. QFT

    And even if we do, it’s probably not going to be pretty.

  • parasiteboy

    Cold and heat, winter and summer

    Inhofe, and God, are apparently ignorant of tropical (rainforest and dry forest) climates where temperature is fairly constant year round.

    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.

    Dependent on the extent on GW and where on earth you are talking about, this statement can be true or false.

  • John Pieret

    They has to move the Iditarod dog sled race because there was too little snow. I suppose they could have moved it to Boston.

  • Sastra

    “I take my religion seriously,” Inhofe writes.

    Oh noes! He just put himself and anything he’s about to say into the magical No-Criticism Zone of Faith, the one where people are allowed to believe whatever they want because faith is such a precious, precious thing. Plus this country was based on religious freedom!

    We’ve got no right to argue against anything he says because now it would be like interrupting a prayer. Taking religion “seriously” is a universally acknowledged virtue, a fine upstanding commitment to discipline and higher things. Curse that No-Criticism Zone of Faith! Secularists are all forced fall back helpless.

  • raven

    Sierra Snowpack Survey Comparable to Lowest on Record …

    www. nbcbayarea. com/…/local/Sierra-Snowpack-Survey-Could-Be-Lowe…

    5 days ago – California’s third snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada … The scant pack amounted to just 5 percent of the long-term average for this …

    Meanwhile in reality, the west coast and Alaska have been setting warm records for this winter. The cold in the arctic that used to stay in the arctic is now moving down into Minneapolis and Boston. And warm air is moving north to replace it.

    The Sierra snowpack is a record low due to low rainfall and high temperatures. The Oregon Cascade snowpack is also at a record low. Rainfall is normal there but it is raining in the mountains where it is supposed to snow.

    Which means, the west coast is doomed for this year. Four year drought in California, huge water shortages, and they are already getting ready for a bad wildfire season. The wildfires are sort of scary. Once they get going, they really can’t stop them sometimes. They try to protect houses but that isn’t always working either.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    @ 20,

    I always thought of it as a magical No-Criticism Circle Jerk of Faith.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399822355 markmckee

    The Republican party exists to meet the needs of the rich. Keep those tax cuts coming and keep the corporations as deregulated as possible.

    But there are not enough rich people to win elections so they’ve created a con man class of pundits and “experts” and politicians.

    Calling people like Ihofe stupid totally misses the point. He is not stupid. He’s a con man and a rather successful one. Calling him stupid gives us all a laugh but when you realize what he really is, and what so many of the pundits and politicians are nowadays it should instill fear in all those who are reality based.

    NOT HUMOR!! Indeed, calling him stupid plays right into their game plan and they end up laughing all the way to the bank. Thus, this post a posts like it are counterproductive to the goal of a sane government.

  • Michael Heath

    John Pieret writes:

    They has to move the Iditarod dog sled race because there was too little snow.

    Anchorage averages about 60″ of snow per winter. I doubt that’s enough to be a dependable source of snow, even without global warming.

  • Michael Heath

    markmckee writes:

    The Republican party exists to meet the needs of the rich.

    […]Calling people like Ihofe stupid totally misses the point. He is not stupid.

    The GOP does not “meet the needs of the rich”. If they did, they’d be promoting policies that maxmized economic growth. Instead they meet the needs of their financial constituents and their voting constituents. The former represents only a narrow spectrum of the rich.

    And Sen. Inhofe is demonstrably stupid, with many illustrative examples. Here’s one: http://goo.gl/BBahGi.

  • llewelly

    Heath:

    Anchorage averages about 60″ of snow per winter. I doubt that’s enough to be a dependable source of snow, even without global warming.

    The ceremonial stuff in Anchorage was not moved. What was moved was the restart, which used to be in Wasilla. But in 2003 they had to move the restart to Fairbanks, temporarily, due to insufficient snow. And in 2008 they permanently moved the restart to Willow, which is further north than Wasilla, again, due to insufficient snow. This year the restart is back in Fairbanks again.

    Sure, occasional moves would probably happen without global warming. But with global warming, such moves will be more frequent … and be required to move further north.

  • caseloweraz

    Quoted by Raven (#10: Miami Uses Pumps To Battle Flooding From Sea Level Rise …

    I expect a petition to rename it Canute City…

  • caseloweraz

    From the FCIR story linked by StevoR (#9):

    “We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,’ ” said Christopher Byrd, an attorney with the DEP’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel.”

    Kristina Trotta, another former DEP employee who worked in Miami, said her supervisor told her not to use the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in a 2014 staff meeting.

    “We were told that we were not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact,” she said.

    This is good news! Following this policy to its logical conclusion means that all discussion of the great damage done by “ObamaCare” or the looming threats of inflation and a rise in prime interest rate must end — at least in Florida.

  • felidae

    Inofe is just a ventriloquists dummy for the oil industry–they’ve got their hand so far up his ass he doesn’t blink without them moving their fingers