When the Republicans take control of the Senate in January, one very, very terrifyingly dense individual is going to be handed the keys to the environment committee—Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), an 80-year-old climate denier who is so sure that God controls the world’s climate – not humanity – that he’s more prepared to believe Bible passages than the scientific consensus. To quote Inhofe, “as long as the Earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” But just how dense is Inhofe, you ask? Oh, it gets better. Much, much better.
David Corn, a writer at Mother Jones just recounted that back in 2009, at a UN global gathering in Copenhagen on reducing global emissions, Inhofe showed up to troll, and said that Barbra Streisand was single-handedly responsible for the vast “climate hoax” that the scientists and policy makers gathered at the event had somehow fallen for. According to Corn:
Look around us, I said, spreading my arms wide. There are thousands of intelligent and well-meaning people in this gigantic conference center: scientists, heads of state, government officials, policy experts. They believe that climate change is a serious and pressing threat and that something must be done soon. Do you believe that they have all been fooled?
Yes, he said, grinning.
That these people who have traveled from all points of the globe to be here are victims of a well-orchestrated hoax?
Yes, he said, still smiling.
That’s some hoax, I countered. But who has engineered such a scam?
Hollywood liberals and extreme environmentalists, Inhofe replied.
Really? I asked. Why would they conspire to scare all these smart people into believing a catastrophe was under way, when all was well?
Inhofe didn’t skip a beat: To advance their radical environmental agenda.
I pressed on: Who in Hollywood is doing this?
The whole liberal crowd, Inhofe said.
Barbra Streisand, he responded.
There you have it. The world may be melting, but at least it’s melting “like buttah.”
Via Mother Jones
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