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Republican senator says the Bible tells him that scientific global-warming theories are wrong

Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican, is the leading global-warming denier in all of Congress, but his position on the issue is not based on any scientific evidence.

Rather, Inhofe says the Good Book tells him that the theories advanced by the overwhelming majority of climate scientists are simply wrong.

In an interview the other day on a Christian radio program about his new book “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” Inhofe had this exchange with host Vic Eliason:

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 [is] 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.”

The fact that Inhofe embraces such beliefs would be little cause for alarm if it weren’t for one thing: If the Republicans gain control of the U.S. Senate in the November elections, Inhofe likely will become chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which would give him considererable control over legislation concerning climate change.

If I may use a plea Inhofe might recognize: Heaven help us!

There’s more on this story HERE and HERE.

 

 

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  1. Just in case okie dopey becomes chairman how long did the Dark Ages last?

  2. shawnnews

    My low opinion of Inhofe changed when I saw that he was a supporter of the capture of Joseph Kony.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0QyLRz0NhQ
    Unfortunately global warming is a science issue cloaked in jargon. Al Gore’s endorsement of the issue unfortunately partisanized what should have been a dry subject.

  3. When you read about these people who are global warming deniers, all you have to do is Google their name/big oil, and you will see the reason.
    Big oil has us hooked on oil, and is doing all they can to keep it that way. They aren’t going to spend millions to drill more wells and build new refineries, so you can have gas for $2.50 a gallon. Why would they? And they surely don’t want clean energy getting in their way, and lessening dependence on oil.
    They also don’t want anyone to believe fossil fuels are causing the damage to the atmosphere. We went through this same argument over air and water pollution a few years back.
    So their best investment is politicians, namely Republicans. And James Inhofe is one of their favorites. The return on that investment is between 20,000% and 100,000%.
    And the sad part of that is, they are buying politicians with your money, that you are putting into your gas tank, in order that they can keep the price high.
    And that is the reason we have global warming deniers. Big Oil does not want anyone to believe in global warming. It will hurt their bottom-line.
    Those same pols are trying to pass off high gas prices as Obama’s fault, when it is those very same Republicans who are at fault.
    So when you hear of a global warming denier, think Big Oil.

  4. Neftali

    tex – why is gas so much more expensive in Europe than the United States?

  5. “They aren’t going to spend millions to drill more wells and build new refineries, so you can have gas for $2.50 a gallon”

    That’s funny, who are those guys that want to build pipelines and frack?

  6. expdoc says: “That’s funny, who are those guys that want to build pipelines and frack?”

    Oh, you mean the ones who want to build a pipeline through the U.S. so they can have a shorter pipeline to China?
    And fracking, by the way, pumps 650 known carcinogens into the ground. They are also spilled on the ground and released into the air. But as a Dr. you probably knew that, right? You also know that’s where drinking water comes from?

  7. nef says: tex – why is gas so much more expensive in Europe than the United States?

    nef comes out of hiding finally. Why, nef? did I burn one of your beloved Republicans?

    So, what is the answer to your trick question?
    1. Europe is more expensive because Obama caused it?
    2. Europe is more expensive because they put a 75% tax on $8 gas?
    3. Venezuela’s oil companies are government owned and gas is $ .19 a gallon?

    So what does this have to do with a senator who takes millions from big oil, and denies global warming?

  8. And Tex, in perfect liberal fashion, fails to answer the question I posed.

  9. expdoc says: And Tex, in perfect liberal fashion, fails to answer the question I posed.

    And doc, as usual, has a reading comprehension problem, strays off topic, and takes a pot shot at liberals.

  10. No, pay attention.

    You said the oil companies aren’t going to spend millions so that we can have cheaper gas.

    Then explain to me why they want to build pipelines, create more offshore drilling and utilize new technologies (fracking etc.) to obtain more oil?

    You fail to acknowledge that the world MUST have energy to support the current developed and the developing economies. That is a fact.

    Also a fact: NONE of the renewable energy resources are capable of replacing oil now or in the near future.

    Don’t you think that if the oil companies (some of the biggest and most profitable in the world) thought there was another way to create affordable energy they would do it themselves?

    How can you accuse them of price fixing when they want to add more supply to the world wide commodity market?

    I know, you think they actually don’t care about the money, they are just an evil cabal who is trying to destroy the world so that they can…..umm, what exactly?

  11. “…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.” What is arrogant is that he seems to think he can quote scripture and know what God is doing. In the book of Genesis, even the name of God is to powerful for us to know, much less what He is doing.

    I can certainly appreciate why the energy companies are funding research to study anthropogenic global warming. They are attempting to mitigate risk which is being created by several governmental agencies. Should policies created by the agencies become law, energy companies stand to loose billions of dollars.

    By questioning who is funding the so-called deniers (I question who is funding those that support AGW) the debate quickly degenerates into “liar, liar pants on fire” which gets us nowhere. AGW is real, it just not catastrophic. It would be nice to have a double-blind study done to truly get real results with meaningful interpretations. So far, this is not occurring.

    Energy companies are very interested in developing alternative energies. There is a finite supply of oil and new energy sources and they are well aware of it. Frankly, it is not token research just to appease alternative energy groups. It is very real and very genuine. However, it will take time to develop and create an infrastructure to support it.

    The current payback of a petroleum refinery is about twenty years. It takes billions of dollars of technology and with the profit margin on fuels, it takes a while to recoup. US refineries, in order to maintain low fuels, must process sour crudes, which take much more processing. Gas prices are high in the US because we must import finished gasoline, which is not cheap.

    Keep in mind our gasoline is the highest grade, so a premium must be paid to foreign refineries or them to make it. This causes all gasoline to increase in price. Oil is a global commodity and the price is not dictated by the US oil companies.

    Energy is a product the world needs. There are common sense strategies that can be used to develop cleaner energies. As long as money is being wasted to defend the politics of this need, we will never arrive at a solution.

  12. Actually gasoline, jet fuel and diesel is our number one export. Our gasoline prices are not high because we import expensive foreign fuel. It is because we export our fuel and keep our domestic supply short.

  13. mememine69

    How about we start arresting the lying and or exaggerating lab coat consultants that condemned our children to 26 years of needless CO2 panic? We missed getting Bush for his false war but rest assured that the entire Bush family laughed as we sentence our children to the greenhouse gas ovens with childish Liberal glee.

  14. Keep in mind that idiots like him are elected by a majority that think like him.

  15. Jerry: We are a net exporter of fuel as there is greater global demand and that demand is for less clean fuels. US refineries can make better margin on these. We can process more sour crudes due to our capital intensive refining processes. To make up this difference we are required to import finished gasoline which usually comes from a sweeter crude. Our finished gasoline inventory is very consistent. The closure of additional refineries is not helping our domestic supply. All of these products are traded on a global market. US refiners do not have the ability to set global price.

  16. But they do have the ability to NOT sell it on the open market and instead sell it here. They are putting profits ahead of country.

  17. It is the profits and wealth created by energy companies that are used to fund AGW and alternative energy research (as well as high paying union jobs). Without capitalism, environmentalism would not even exist.

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