Inhofe Could Chair Environment Committee


Sen. James Inhofe, a startlingly ignorant man, will once again become the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee if the Republicans retake control of the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. Let that thought sink in without shuddering.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday he will again head the Senate committee overseeing transportation and environmental regulation if Republicans win control of the upper chamber in November.

Speaking to about 50 plant managers and others associated with Tulsa Port of Catoosa tenants, Inhofe said a Republican victory would make him chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee…

Under the Senate Republicans’ somewhat complicated rules, Arizona’s John McCain would become Armed Services chairman in the event of a GOP majority, and Inhofe would resume his top position on EPW.

Bear in mind that this is the kind of “thought” that rattles around in his head:

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.

That man shouldn’t be running the night shift at a Taco Bell, much less a Senate committee.

Comments

  1. cottonnero says

    Be fair, Ed, I’m sure Inhofe would make an excellent night shift manager at a Taco Bell. In fact, let’s test that hypothesis as soon as possible.

  2. colnago80 says

    Just another example that elections have consequences. If the left treats the 2014 elections like they treated the 2010 elections by not showing up, this could well come true. Anyone who says that there is no significant difference between the parties is once again being shown as a putz.

  3. says

    To be fair, there will be “seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night”. Inhofe’s error is thinking (or pretending to believe) that the amounts and ratios of the first few won’t change.

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    The Armed Services Chair doesn’t get to declare war on his own say-so, does he … yet?

  5. busterggi says

    Judging by their performance I’d say that he is more qualified to run a Republican dominated Senate committee than a Taco Bell – the later actually has to get stuff done.

  6. Pierce R. Butler says

    ThinkProgress adds:

    In the interview, Inhofe did not mention he has received $1,352,523 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including $90,950 from Koch Industries.

  7. Michael Heath says

    James Inhofe states:

    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.

    Ed responds:

    That man shouldn’t be running the night shift at a Taco Bell, much less a Senate committee.

    We observe secular global warming denialists falsely claiming the climate isn’t sensitive enough to change at the rate climate find in their paleontological observations, currently observe, and predict for the future. So while Mr. Inhofe is a delusional idiot, he has a lot of company.

    And even if there wasn’t the level of certainty we have no regarding climate sensitivity, it’s still dangerous, nihilistic, and idiotic to avoid confronting dealing with the threat science reports.

  8. Michael Heath says

    Pierce R. Butler writes:

    In the interview, Inhofe did not mention he has received $1,352,523 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including $90,950 from Koch Industries.

    This might lead some people to believe Mr. Inhofe is only acting dumb and is instead cynically and knowingly contemptuous of the drivel he spews. But if you peel back the onion on Inhofe, you’ll find he’s every bit as stupid and delusional as Sarah Palin, and Louie Gohmert. For them it’s a double win, they get to deliver inanity they believe where there’s no effort required to learn inconvenient facts and respond with integrity; where people then give them money and power for doing so.

  9. Pierce R. Butler says

    Michael Heath @ # 10 – Indeed, the plutocracy much prefers sincere useful idiots to cynical ones.

  10. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Inhofe has famously openly claimed that Global warming is a hoax and deals in conpsiracy theories against the scientists :

    In a July 28, 2003, Senate speech, Inhofe stated, “I have offered compelling evidence that catastrophic global warming is a hoax. That conclusion is supported by the painstaking work of the nation’s top climate scientists.”[36] He cited as support for this the 1992 Heidelberg Appeal and the 1999 Oregon Petition, as well the opinions of individual scientists that he named including John Christy, Fred Singer, Richard Lindzen, Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas. In his speech, Inhofe also discussed the then current Soon and Baliunas controversy, and said that “satellite data, confirmed by NOAA balloon measurements, confirms that no meaningful warming has occurred over the last century.”[37] However the satellite temperature record corroborates the well-documented warming trend noted in surface temperature measurements.[38]

    … (snip) … In December 2009, Inhofe appeared on the CNN program The Situation Room and said that the Climatic Research Unit e-mails show that the science behind climate change “has been pretty well debunked.” The fact checking organization Politifact concluded Inhofe’s statement to be false: “Independent of CRU’s data, agencies and academics all over the world are coming to essentially the same conclusion: Climate change is happening.”[50] That same month, Inhofe said he would lead a three man “truth squad” consisting of himself and fellow senators Roger Wicker and John Barrasso to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. However, Inhofe was unable to secure meetings with any negotiators or delegations to the conference and only met with a small group of reporters.[51][52][53][54]
    In July 2010 Inhofe stated, “I don’t think that anyone disagrees with the fact that we actually are in a cold period that started about nine years ago. Now, that’s not me talking, those are the scientists that say that.” The Union of Concerned Scientists stated that Inhofe stated was in error, pointing to the report by NOAA’s report that through July, 2010 has been the hottest summer on record since 1880.

    …(snip) … His (Inhofe’s -ed) book which makes claims about a Global warming conspiracy theory was called ‘The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future’ and was published on February 28, 2012.

    Source (among other places) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Inhofe#Ideology_and_opinions

    Inhofe is also a homophobic bigot as well – same source (& others notably Greenman3610 / Peter Sinclair’s Climate Denial Crock of the Week’ series :

    Inhofe is in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes, and voted against prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.[67] Inhofe’s office has said he “does not hire openly gay staffers due to the possibility of a conflict of agenda.”[68] Inhofe campaigned for his Senate seat in 1994 using the phrase “God, guns, and gays,” reflecting his ability to master political support in opposition to gay rights in general (and gays in the military in particular).[69][70] This phrase came to be a popular term for GOP campaign strategy, with Howard Dean and other politicians using it in the 2004 election cycle.[71] In 2008, his campaign was noted by the Associated Press for running an ad with “anti-gay overtones” featuring a wedding cake with two male figures on top, fading into his opponent’s face.[72]
    On June 6, 2006, in a speech on the Senate floor about the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, Inhofe said, pointing at a large photograph of his family:
    “ …As you see here, and I think this is maybe the most important prop we’ll have during the entire debate, my wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I’m really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we’ve never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship.

    He’s a really nasty, backwards bigot in denial about a lot more than just climate change and the last person who deserves to be in charge of environmental policy or anything much else.

  11. Dan Robinson says

    This talk of Republicans winning the senate has me appalled and amazed. Can that many Americans be that stupid?

  12. stace says

    Once you remind yourself that George W. Bush was elected President twice, the magnitude of the stupidity of the American electorate should come as no surprise.

  13. says

    “In a July 28, 2003, Senate speech, Inhofe stated, “I have offered compelling evidence that catastrophic global warming is a hoax.”

    You have to remember that there was a surplus of “evidence” left over from the run-up to invading Iraql; use it or lose it.

  14. Wylann says

    Dan Robinson@13:

    Yes. Yes we can!

    More accurately, the US has abysmally low voter turnout. It’s even worse in ‘off year’ elections. So, the reality is that it doesn’t take that much stupid (as a percentage) to get those almost entirely predictable results.

  15. says

    I think it’s entirely possible that if Infhofe were to be made into a chair, the other chairs in the room would make fun of his being a dumb chair.

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