It’s time for Stephen Colbert’s new educational series, “Professor Not-A-Scientist!”
Sen. James Inhofe may be the leading Republican anti-science climate change-denying religious fanatic, and he’s proud of it.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) sees criticism of him in a recent documentary about climate change as a badge of honor.
He’s among the targets in “Greedy Lying Bastards,” a recent film that claims to document fossil fuel industry-backed efforts to sow doubt about climate science and thwart emissions curbs.
“I was not surprised to see myself front and center on the promotional material for this climate-change movie, and quite frankly, I’m proud of it,” Inhofe told Tulsa World.
Sen. Inhofe is an ongoing embarrassment to the United States — a demagogue in the pocket of the energy industry, actively working to keep Americans blind to the terrible threat of global warming. A truly awful person.
Notice that in this ridiculous video clip from Fox News (posted at YouTube by his office), arch climate change denier James Inhofe never actually says specifically why the Benghazi attack will “go down as the biggest coverup in history.”
The leaders of the Republican Party are determined to continue hideously embarrassing themselves with this bone-headed bogus issue, and there’s no talking them down from the ledge. I’m starting to think someone slipped LSD into the food at the Congressional cafeteria.
Rachel Maddow’s interview with leading Republican climate change denier Sen. James Inhofe is a real jaw-dropper. Inhofe tells an amazing amount of lies about climate science and global warming, but perhaps the most outrageous claim he makes is that science curriculum in public schools should be determined not by scientists, but by … Republican politicians. Yes, he really does say this, after accusing schools of “brainwashing” his children.
This is the face of the anti-science right wing.
Right Wing Watch posted this last week, and I should have mentioned it before because it really is remarkable. One of the main Republican spokespersons for the anti-science climate change denial movement, Sen. James Inhofe, pretty much came right out and admitted that the reason why he denigrates and attacks climate science is because the Bible told him not to worry.
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.
On February 18, the Department of Commerce released the results of yet another independent investigation into the “Climategate” nontroversy, and again (as in the previous four investigations by various agencies) the climate scientists involved were totally cleared of wrongdoing.
The latest redundant investigation was requested by arch climate denier Sen. James Inhofe, who promptly ignored its conclusions and went right back to raving about evil tricksy scientists.
Here’s a good piece by David Roberts at Grist, looking back at this appalling right wing attempt to discredit the science of climate change: What we have and haven’t learned from ‘Climategate’.
It’s a numbingly familiar pattern in media coverage. The conservative movement that’s been attacking climate science for 20 years has a storied history of demonstrable fabrications, distortions, personal attacks, and nothingburger faux-scandals — not only on climate science, but going back to asbestos, ozone, leaded gasoline, tobacco, you name it. They don’t follow the rigorous standards of professional science; they follow no intellectual or ethical standards whatsoever. Yet no matter how long their record of viciousness and farce, every time the skeptic blogosphere coughs up a new “ZOMG!” it’s as though we start from zero again, like no one has a memory longer than five minutes.
Here’s the basic question: At this point, given their respective accomplishments and standards, wouldn’t it make sense to give scientists the strong benefit of the doubt when they are attacked by ideologues with a history of dishonesty and error? Shouldn’t the threshold for what counts as a “scandal” have been nudged a bit higher?
In the Republican Party’s rapidly escalating War on Science, James Inhofe is one of the Generals. A fundamentalist Christian with ties to the Dominionist movement, Inhofe has arguably done more than any other right wing politician to attack and delegitimize the science of global warming, and in this video he boasts, “Nothing is going to happen in Cancun at the UN Climate party and everyone knows it.”
Inhofe believes all this science stuff is just a hoax orchestrated by the United Nations, intended to trick the US into surrendering its sovereignty to a New World Order with the UN in charge. I wish I was kidding.
Sen. James Inhofe talks with Bryan Fischer of Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association (previously featured at LGF for advocating that Muslims be banned from the US military).
In addition to being an old school theocrat and climate change denier, Sen. Inhofe wants to protect the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, because he’s concerned that soldiers won’t want to fight for fellow soldiers if they’re gay.
Dominionist Senator and hardcore climate change denier James Inhofe went to the Copenhagen climate summit to subvert the Obama administration’s policies, but nobody was interested.
COPENHAGEN — Sen. Jim Inhofe flew across the Atlantic and — on little sleep — braved the snow, the cold and the dark to deliver his skeptical message at the international climate conference.
What he found when he got here: a few aides and a single reporter. “I think he’s going to be a little disappointed,” one of his aides remarked. …
But Inhofe’s aides eventually rustled up a group of reporters, and the Oklahoman — wearing black snakeskin cowboy boots — held forth from the top of a flight of stairs in the conference media center. …
A reporter asked: “If there’s a hoax, then who’s putting on this hoax, and what’s the motive?”
“It started in the United Nations,” Inhofe said, “and the ones in the United States who really grab ahold of this is the Hollywood elite.”
One reporter asked Inhofe if he was referring to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Another reporter — this one from Der Spiegel — told the senator: “You’re ridiculous.”
I seem to remember the right wing getting very, very upset when people like Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry went overseas to subvert the policies of the Bush administration.
So how is this different? Republicans Plan to Form Counter-Delegation at Climate Conference.
And of course, they’re going to continue hyping the phony “Climategate” scandal for all it’s worth.
A GOP counter-delegation is forming to undermine the Obama administration’s work on an international climate change agreement in Copenhagen, warning that the president is poised to make commitments he can’t keep and drawing heightened attention to controversial leaked e-mails.
Who’s leading this “counter-delegation?” Who else? The head GOP climate change denier and Dominionist religious fanatic member of The Family, doing the bidding of his energy industry sponsors, as usual: James Inhofe.