It wouldn’t be Earth Day without a diatribe from the US Senate’s anti-science curmudgeon, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). He didn’t disappoint. The Senate Minority Environment and Public Works committee website shouts at us in large red font, (”IN CASE YOU MISSED IT”), and gives us the text of his editorial in today’s Washington Times.
He writes about “America’s Climate Security Act of 2007 ” (a.k.a. the Lieberman-Warner bill). He claims , among many other things, that he opposes the bill because it would “be devastating to the economy” and “impose severe economic constraints on American families and American workers”, and that his main concern is “carbon regulation”, i.e., the big bad government versus the financially strapped energy companies (that last part was sarcasm, by the way).
And then he really gets into it with – you guessed it – the Great Climate Science Plot Against The Energy Companies.
He’s very concerned, you see:
We’ve discussed in detail the pros and cons of the bill, as have other energy and climate bloggers , and we’ll continue to discuss it as time goes on. But our opposition has nothing to do with capitalism, which is Inhofe’s primary concern (he cites numbers from a study done by an Exxon front group, in fact).
As usual, Inhofe is concerned about his oil and coal company friends.
Our concerns are based on how effective the bill will be in the fight to stop climate change.
We’re worried about the future of the planet, which is what Earth Day is all about… and what should be on everyone’s mind, every day.