GOP Sen Inhofe’s Global Warming Denial a Family Affair
February 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)— The record-breaking “snowmageddon” that has paralyzed the mid-Atlantic region, causing power outages, and the deaths of several people, has become fodder for global warming denying Republicans who have pointed to the snowstorm as proof that climate change does not exist. Despite the fact that short-term changes in weather have no bearing on the science of climate change, Republicans are not about to allow reality to get in the way of their nonsensical claims. And the family of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), one of the most rabid climate change deniers in Congress, decided to build an igloo on the National Mall and call it “Al Gore’s New Home,” to draw attention to their belief that the snowstorm invalidates decades worth of climate change science.
In fact, 2000-2009 was the warmest decade on record. And this past January was the warmest January on record worldwide.
Sen. Inhofe’s daughter Molly Rapert; her husband, Jimmy; and their four children built the large igloo apparently to engage in a fun-filled anti-science and global warming denying family activity. According to the account reported by Think Progress:
“They officially dedicated the humble abode in honor of global-warming crusader Gore, even posting a cardboard sign on the igloo’s roof reading “AL GORE’S NEW HOME” on one side and “HONK IF YOU [HEART] GLOBAL WARMING” on the other. Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is famously one of Congress’ most vocal critics of global warming. And he told HOH that he found his family’s ironic tribute to Gore — which came during one of Washington’s snowiest winters on record — “really humorous.”
As noted by Media Matters, the family of the Oklahoma Republican are not alone in their mocking of a killer snowstorm as a basis to deny the science of climate change. The offensive right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in, saying It’s “absurd” that the Obama administration proposed a global warming agency amidst “record-setting cold weather.”
And the dim Gretchen Carlson of Fox & Friends remarked on the “dichotomy” created by “big snowstorms” occurring while “the Obama administration [is] talking about creating a new federal office to study global warming.”
See Think Progress for more.