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.”
James Inhofe Says the Bible Refutes Climate Change (Right Wing Watch)
Inhofe: God Says Global Warming Is A Hoax (ThinkProgress)