It’s like every rationalist’s worst media nightmare. Pat Robertson interviews Sen. Jim Inhofe on the 700 Club. I know I shouldn’t be surprised by what transpired. After all, Inhofe is the guy who keeps calling global warming the greatest hoax of all time. But I have to admit I wasn’t prepared for the depths of his mendacity.
Consider this exchange:
ROBERTSON: Tell me, what do the environmentalists believe? Do they worship the God of the Bible or something else?
INHOFE: Well, let’s talk about the environmentalists. I call the far-Left environmental extremists the ones like the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council), like the Environmental Liberation Front. The Environmental Liberation Front bombs buildings and burns down construction, and they’re actually considered by the State Department as a terrorist group. The environmentalist Left is the largest group in terms of funding Left-wing, liberal candidates for office.
First of all, what’s with the capital-L left? Was that your idea, or the copy editors at the Christian Broadcasting Network? Next, it’s the “Earth” Liberation Front, not “Environmental.” But I suppose that’s quibbling. More to the point, though, which mathematical system are you using to arrive at the conclusion that the NRDC and the ELF are the biggest source of money for left-liberal candidates?
But then comes the really big whoppers:
INHOFE: No, no. Pat, I wished you had watched yesterday. I gave a one-hour speech on this, on the Senate floor. All of the science since 1999 has repudiated the idea that global warming caused by man-made gases — that’s methane and Co2- – is causing a global warming, and the end of the world is coming, and the icecap is going to melt and all these things. But what they don’t realize– and what they won’t tell you — is that it was far warmer on the icecap in the 1930s and 1940s than it is today. We have trend lines that go up and down. And God is still up there and weather does change, but the same people who are yelling and screaming, and the authors of doom about global warming, were the ones in the late ’70s who were talking about a new ice age coming, and we are all going to die. They have to be hysterical about something. I recommend, except for the dirty words, a great book written by Michael Crichton. I think we talked about that. It’s called State of Fear. He is an author, a medical doctor, and scientist. He was going to write a novel about global warming and all the horrible things, so he researched it and he thought, wait a minute, this thing’s a hoax. So he wrote a book about the fact that it is a hoax, and while it’s a fiction book and a novel, the footnotes are incontrovertible in terms of science.
So it’s not just that thousands of scientists are engaged in junk science that doesn’t support anthropogenic global warming — “All of the science since 1999 has repudiated the idea that global warming caused by man-made gases.” Imagine that. All of it since 1999.
I hardly need to offer links that debunk the old Ice Age is Coming canard, but just in case you haven’t read Real Climate’s take-down on that myth, here it is. The same gang does the same thing to Crichton.
What’s to be done with Inhofe? Have Oklahomans no shame?