Senator James Inhofe
Senator James “Jim” Inhofe is the Republican senior Senator from the state of Oklahoma. Former chairman and current member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Inhofe has become one of the most prominent challengers of global warming. This section highlights Senator Inhofe’s crusade against climate change theory.
Senator Inhofe: “There’s No Global Warming Consensus”
Since 2003 when he spoke on the Senate floor, Senator James Inhofe has publicly denied the validity of global warming. "I have offered compelling evidence that catastrophic global warming is a hoax,” said Inhofe. “That conclusion is supported by the painstaking work of the nation's top climate scientists."
With the support of those individual scientists, Inhofe continues to argue, “much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science.”
Senator Inhofe spoke again on the Senate floor in 2005 sharing similar sentiments this time going further, claiming “environmental extremists exploit the issue for fundraising purposes, raking in millions of dollars, even using federal taxpayer dollars to finance their campaigns” and that environmentalism was only a tactic to generate fear among the American people.
His opposition of global warming theories, claiming climate change results from human activity, has only grown stronger since.
Just a year later, Senator Inhofe was interviewed by Tulsa World. In the article he compared the “environmentalist movement” to Nazi Germany and the Big Lie stating: “You say something over and over…again, and people will believe it, and that's their [the environmentalists'] strategy.” Additionally, he compared the EPA to the Gestapo.
Also, in 2005, Inhofe voted against an amendment to an energy bill that sought to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through an emissions trading scheme.
In 2006, Senator Inhofe, in collaboration with Kit Bond, introduced Senate bill 4682 which changed the oversight of the Army Corps of Engineers because the League of Conservation Voters accused Corps projects of favoring large-scale projects that are harmful to the environment. The League of Conservation Voters ultimately gave Inhofe the lowest score possible on environmental issues. During this year, Senator Inhofe also voted to increase offshore drilling.
In 2009, Inhofe went on The Situation Room on CNN claiming that the Climategate was proof that there is no global warming consensus.
Inhofe continued to argue against global warming into 2010, writing an article for U.S. News. In his article, Inhofe claims that not even environmental activists came come together for the same initiative:
“Global warming alarmists can't make up their minds because the entire basis for their energy rationing project has collapsed into a mess of errors, exaggerations, and deceit…the Obama administration said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the "gold standard" for climate science, yet the EPA won't defend it. The IPCC and Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize…[and] the IPCC has retracted several false claims concerning…rain forests shrinking, crops dying, and sea levels rising. We've been told weather is not to be confused with climate, except when you have heat waves or blizzards. We are told that increasing levels of CO2 will increase temperature, yet the key scientist in the Climategate scandal says there's been "no statistically significant warming" in the past 15 years—all while CO2 levels have increased. We've been told that there is an "indisputable consensus" that human-caused global warming is happening and pushing the planet to certain disaster. Yet that same scientist—Phil Jones, former director of Britain's Climatic Research Unit, the foremost such center—now says that the vast majority of climate scientists don't agree on what the data are telling us.”
Senator Inhofe currently remains exceptionally active in opposing environmentalism, continuing to claim that the top-scientist are acting more like political scientists, by acting on their own agenda instead of practicing true science. Additionally, he continues to protest those who claim there is a science consensus arguing that the only consensus that can be made is that “there are significant gaps in what scientists know about the climate system.”
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