An Inhofian Train Wreck

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There’s political rhetoric and then there’s Inhofian rhetoric.

And even for Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), this is completely over the top.

Or to put it more bluntly, there’s a train-wreck and then there’s an Inhofian train wreck.

On the Senate floor today during the Republican filibuster debate on the Climate Security Act, Inhofe made the outrageous claim that “everything” in the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth has “been refuted many times” by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):

Now Al Gore’s done his movie, almost everything that’s been in his movie, in fact everything has been refuted. And interestingly enough the IPCC on sea levels and other things, scare tactics, used in that science-fiction movie have been totally refuted and been refuted many times by the — by the IPCC.”

Where does one even begin? Or does one even have to begin to refute this?

Of course we all know that Al Gore and the IPCC were the recent recipients of the Nobel Prize for their respective work on climate change, so do we need more refutation than that?

I would suggest not. At this point, with the scientific evidence and observational effects of climate change diametrically opposing Inhofe’s wild-eyed blanket statements on climate change, it’s much better to sit back and watch the train wreck.

Here it is:



ThinkProgress
was on this story first and has more analysis on this, as does their Wonk Room.

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Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmog. He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning. Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks. Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder. Prior to DeSmog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health. In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications. Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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