By Elaine Magliaro
Back in March of 2012, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) appeared on Voice of Christian Youth America’s radio program Crosstalk with Vic Eliason. Inhofe was there to promote his new book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future. He repeated his “frequent” claim that human-influenced climate change wasn’t possible because “God’s still up there.” According to Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch, “Inhofe cited Genesis 8:22 to claim that it is ‘outrageous’ and arrogant for people to believe human beings are ‘able to change what He is doing in the climate.’”
Excerpt from the radio program:
Eliason: Senator, we’re going to talk about your book for a minute, you state in your book which by the way is called The Greatest Hoax, you state in your book that one of your favorite Bible verses, Genesis 8:22, ‘while the earth remaineth seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease,’ what is the significance of these verses to this issue?
Inhofe: Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,’ 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.
Tashman said that Inhofe also cited Romans 1:25 to criticize people…who believe in climate change. Inhofe attacked evangelical leader Rich Cizik, the former Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals. Cizik is the person who “made the religious case for fighting climate change pollution.” Inhofe claimed that Cizik had been “exposed as a liberal” and that he was “like idolatrous Romans described in the Bible as those who ‘give up the truth about God for a lie.’”
Now…we’ve got plenty of anti-science climate-change-denier cranks serving in Congress–but one of the things that should give us pause for concern when the Republican takeover the Senate next January is that Inhofe, “the chamber’s worst climate-change denier,” will most likely “become the chair of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee.” Rebecca Leber (New Republic) said that would give Inhofe “the power to call hearings and witnesses in order to conduct oversight for the Environmental Protection Agency—the Obama Administration’s main tool for reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.”
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NOTE: Brad Johnson of ThinkProgress reported that Inhofe failed to mention during his radio interview that he had “received $1,352,523 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including $90,950 from Koch Industries.”
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Inhofe: God Says Global Warming Is A Hoax (ThinkProgress)
Senate GOP steeling for battle against EPA
Senate Republicans are gearing up for a war against the Obama administration’s environmental rules, identifying them as a top target when they take control in January.
The GOP sees the midterm elections as a mandate to roll back rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies, with Republicans citing regulatory costs they say cripple the economy and skepticism about the cause of climate change.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) identified his top priority come January as “to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in.”
McConnell made his defense of coal a major piece of Kentucky’s economy, a highlight of his reelection bid, which he won easily over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
He said he feels a “deep responsibility” to stop the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, as it proposed to do in January for newly built generators and in June for existing ones.
Inhofe for EPA. Delay as special prosecutor of those who wont imdilge i. Corruption Blankfein wife as head of SEC. Dimon as The Fed Bank and Bernie Madoff as USAG
The world is upside down!
Attacking a foreign country and disbanding its military, then spending the next decade fighting it.
Making it legal, in the biggest metropolis of this nation, to legitimately and legally target its non-white population and stop and frisk them randomly and arbitrarily!
Getting people to continuously vote against their own best interest, to the point of voting NO against knowing what is in one’s food!
Putting people in the banking and oil industry in charge of the bodies supposed to regulate the banking and oil industries!
And finally, ladies and gentlemen…the above.
This would be entertaining were it not so scary!
‘while the earth remaineth seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease,’
Assuming this is an accurate translation (I’m a skeptic of the accuracy when multiple translations are made), there is nothing in there about humans being part of the “shall not cease”. When greed overtakes common sense we become our own worst enemy.
3 minutes in, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) on the committee and it goes on from there…..
2nd video is the right one, but you get a glimpse in the 1st one.
Thanks for the Daily Show video.
I’m beginning to understand why Congress is so loved (not). I think some of them repeated third grade until they were old enough to quit school, or get kicked out.
Those oligarchs that run thing have so much money that they personally aren’t threatened by climate change, or so they believe. They believe that their wealth can always protect them and so better to continue profiting, than to reduce income by making the necessary changes to protect all of us. Their fallacy of thinking is that when true disasters hit, money becomes valueless.
I’m taking what I said on Genes thread regarding “What Remains Unsaid”,and putting it here. If ever there was a picture to match what I said , Mr Inhofe and his elevation to Chairman of the Enviornment and Public Works Committee and his words on climate change etc.
“What about the perpetual war on our intelligence”
Why didn’t the Democrats use these arguments in the past election ? Perhaps they do not try hard enough ? Al Gore with all his money would be able to match any opposition, plus he has name recognition.
“Al Gore with all his money would be able to match any opposition”
Al Gore’s net worth is $200 million.
Koch Bros. net worth $80 billion
Hardly an even match.
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