Inhofe, Submerged

I caught a portion of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing regarding the California CO2 Waiver on CSPAN last night. You can read Senator Boxer's (majority) opening comments here and Senator Inhofe's (minority) opening comments here.

It's bad enough when Inhofe says things like this:

"When it comes to the issue of whether climate fluctuations are natural or caused by man, you all know my view that the cycles we are now experiencing - and have experienced for thousands and even millions of years - are natural."

but then he compounds it with this:

"...over the last two decades, California's temperature has cooled by .06 C - or about a third of a degree per century. Yes, I said cooled."

As if localized cooling would be impossible under any reasonable global warming scenario.

After Senator Lautenberg's (NJ) initial remarks, Boxer (CA) allowed Inhofe (OK-ey dokey) a few more words. Inhofe then proceeded to claim that the opinions of climate change researchers across the global were shifting to his position.

It's not so much that Inhofe drank the Kool-Aid, it's more that he's swimming in it.

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oy, what a doofus. I did 6 years in Oklahoma and having this jerk (and his co-jerk at the time, Dandy Don Nickles) as my representation was unbearably embarrassing.

I wish I had a url for it, but Calif recently put out a map of recent
changes in temps for the last few decades. Only a small portion of the state saw cooling, with substantial warming being observed over the most populated regions. So he can't even get facts (to distort) right.