A 77-year-old man from Oklahoma cannot deny human-caused climate change

Frank Balsinger is not impressed with the exegetical skills of science-rejecting Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe. The senator cites the book of Genesis to suggest that it would be impossible for humans to alter the climate.

Balsinger doesn’t claim to be an expert in biblical interpretation but he still easily demolishes Inhofe’s reading of the Bible and his weird attempt to apply that interpretation to climate science.

I’m just going to focus on the fact that Sen. Inhofe was born in 1934 and grew up in Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain.

And yet today Inhofe is saying things like this:

My point is, God’s still up there. 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.

Inhofe doesn’t just deny any human contribution to climate change, he denies that such a thing is even possible. He claims the Bible tells him it isn’t possible.

And yet for the past 26 years, Inhofe has represented the state of Oklahoma in Congress. Oklahoma was the heart of the Dust Bowl, one of the worst “anthropogenic” ecological disasters of all time.

The Dust Bowl proved that human activity is quite capable of altering the climate. It proved that Inhofe’s reading of Genesis is hogwash.

Humans plowed up the soil from fencepost to fencepost without worrying about soil conservation. That human activity changed the climate. That human activity meant that what would otherwise have been a nasty extended drought instead became this:

Boise City, Oklahoma, April 15, 1935.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Dust Bowl. It lasted for years, causing environmental refugees to flee Oklahoma. People have even written books about it.

But Sen. James Inhofe has apparently never heard of, or has completely forgotten about, the Dust Bowl.

A 77-year-old man from Oklahoma who insists that human beings are unable to alter the climate is an amnesiac, a complete idiot, or the disingenuous puppet of science-denying industries.

Inhofe seems determined to prove himself to be all three.


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  • Guest1

    I like the part where you acknowledge climate change as a concern for the economy then the world’s poor. Nothing personal–it’s the accepted standard order of priority that bugs me.

    Interesting observation. It got me pondering why this is done.  I can’t speak for everyone but a few insights on my personal thought process.

     I work in climate science outreach and the research shows over and over that the best way to get people to make changes is to make it personal; most people won’t act unless they think it will impact them personally. (Search Community Based Social Marketing for more on this topic).  Professionally, the standard is no matter what your personal sentiments are your communications must be crafted in a way that will effect change, i.e. speak to the personal motivation.

    Also, quite frankly, I think that a sustainable global economy is a huge factor in addressing global poverty.  If we don’t have a sustainable global economy then I think our chances of mitigating global poverty are dim since we will only get more of what we got.

  • Theagnosticswife

    I live in Oklahoma and sadly,at least from my experiences, Inhoff is not in the minority in his beliefs. a state full of sheeple just waiting on God to take care of everything. It’s all in his plan you know.

    Sometimes I am embarrassed and a bit afraid to live where I do.

  • P J Evans

     near the volcanic faults that parallel the North American west coast

    Non. Sense. Volcanos are not faults, they’re mountains. And those winds
    are not caused by them, they’re a world-wide thing. (Haven’t you ever
    heard of  ‘Alberta Clippers’? That’s what ‘blue northers’ are called in
    West Texas.)

    The land on the Great Plains was sold to farmers, with the slogan that ‘rain follws the plow’. Before that, it was called the Great American Desert – it’s really too dry for anything but grazing. However, once it was plowed … everything else followed. Including the drawdown of the aquifers on which everything there now depends.

    Lord Monckton is full of shit, too. He has no qualification in the field of climate science. And I wouldn’t trust his opinion on anything else, either.

  • Apocalypse Review

    I think it was since realized that the crops being planted transpirate water more effectively than the grasses and trees, and this can temporarily produce more rain. But the water still needs to come from somewhere, and I shudder to think of the massive drought that’s going to sweep the plains states when the Ogallala aquifer dries up. (O_O)

  • guy’s an idiot, dangerous fool

  • Ever since I found out about the “rain follows the plow” idea, I thought it was interesting that human-induced climate change was once considered possible, even a necessary component of progress.

    Now, of course, it is to be scoffed at. Eesh.

  • LeiAnn Syms

    The Panhandle of Oklahoma was what was affected by the Dust Bowl, not the entire state. The reason the grasslands were plowed in the Panhandle is to plant wheat to try and keep up with the great demands of WWI and with no grass roots system to hold the soil in place it blew away hence the Dust Bowl so yes it was human error but when going back to the Bible, just perhaps it was driven by God. Now in conservation efforts man made lakes were made and now Oklahoma has more miles of shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined.