Inhofe Says Science Deniers “Doing Lord’s Work”
It’s hard out there for a climate denier, especially in Paris this week. As public consciousness in even the most conservative countries — the United States, Australia, and Canada — has shifted toward debating action, people are less interested in debating science. But Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), isn’t ready to admit defeat just yet.
Although he opted out of attending the United Nations’ 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) this week — Inhofe travelled to Durban, South Africa in 2011 to spread mistruth about climate change — Inhofe did have time to praise his fellow climate deniers. At an event held by the Heartland Institute, dubbed “bringing climate realism to Paris,” the crowd of no more than a few dozen were praised by Inhofe. In taped remarks he told the room they were “doing the Lord’s work.”
Inhofe brings a misguided biblical spiritualism to his stubborn ignorance. While promoting his book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future to the Voice of Christian Youth America in 2012, Inhofe said:
“Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will springtime 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 to the climate is to me outrageous.”
This is the same guy who famously brought a snowball to the Senate floor to disprove global warming. This is also the same guy who has received almost two million dollars in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including over $100,000 from Koch Industries.
It goes without saying that Inhofe’s fight against carbon regulation is not the Lord’s work. Religious leaders from Pope Francis to the Dalai Lama have connected environmental degradation with humans’ disrespect of the world around them. People of faith are urging the world’s leaders to regulate our biggest polluters, not let them continue to destroy creation and hope God will intervene.
Inhofe is like the 1960s Southern Democrat stubbornly clinging to segregation. The American people are wising up to the truth of climate change, and Inhofe’s beliefs are old-fashioned and wrong. Senator, is it time to retire?
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