Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gas Bag

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is still not convinced that there’s such a thing as climate change, and at a Senate hearing he tried, without much success, to convince this fellow senators that it’s all a hoax.

“The science is more definitive than ever? You keep saying that because you want to believe it so much,” he said bitterly. He offered to furnish a list of scientists who once believed in climate change but “who are solidly on the other side right now.” The science, he said, “already has shifted” against global-warming theory. “Science is not settled! Everyone knows it’s not settled!”

Inhofe called for more oil drilling. His aides tried to debunk the other senators’ points by passing around papers titled “Rapid Response.” Mid-hearing, Inhofe’s former spokesman, now in the private sector, sent out an e-mail — “Prominent Russian Scientist: ‘We should fear a deep temperature drop — not catastrophic global warming.’ “

The climate of the hearing itself seemed designed to burn Inhofe. Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), sponsor of the climate bill, insisted on having it in a too-small hearing room, causing the place to overheat from all the bodies.

When you get to the point that a far-right-wing Republican senator is quoting a Russian for back-up, you know he’s getting desperate. Wait until he finds out that the world is round.