Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jim Inhofe's Climate Fantasies Meet Reality: More Science (and Ridicule) for Oklahoma Senator

Why bother with science when you can make up your own "fake" facts?

We are referring to former Tulsa mayor (alas) and current U.S. senator, Jim Inhofe, the same Jim Inhofe who claims that global warming and climate change are hoaxes. Too bad Inhofe's politically motivated wishful thinking keeps getting knocked down by actual science. (Example: here)

The record heat wave in the Sooner state this summer isn't helping—Oklahoma's heat has been off the charts. 

As Sooners know all too well, it's been well over 100 degrees for days on end this summer in many Oklahoma towns and cities, causing major headaches for Oklahoma's agricultural sector. In plainer language, the excessive heat has wilted the crops.

Meanwhile, Sen. Inhofe is still certain that he's right and all the climate scientists with their fancy charts and computers and statistical trends and stuff are so wrong. In fact, Inhofe's anti-science attitude has become increasingly embarrassing, as we document here.

P.S.—Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this summer asked Oklahomans to pray for rain, as if we—the good people of the Sooner state—could simply petition the Lord for relief and, presto, He would deliver life-giving rain to His Chosen People.

We probably need to brush up on our theology, but we don't think this is how God works.


Man of the West said...

You do realize that you're losing this argument, don't you? I mean, I don't expect you to change your mind, but you do understand that things are not trending your way in the public mind?

Tulsan said...

An interesting analysis of Americans' beliefs on this subject at The Economist:


I myself would give more weight than the author to the notion that "a lot of Americans are religious whackos."

Climate science isn't intrinsically a religious matter, you might point out. True. But the GOP, with the help of Fox and hate radio, has successfully elevated (if that is the word) their pet issues to the status of tenets of religious faith.

Once that link is established (and it is practically Pavlovian at this point,) an intractable, unreasonable base of zealots can be mobilized to the polls by their handlers. Yee-ha. Cynical, effective, and destructive to the nation.