Climate-change denialist and all-around moron Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) got schooled on climate change by fellow Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) after Inhofe blocked a senate resolution Thursday and unleashed a tirade against it.
The resolution, which simply stated that climate change was real, sent Inhofe into a long rant. Inhofe objected to the resolution because there had been “no warming for the last 15 years,” and because 9,000 scientists had signed a petition expressing doubt that greenhouse gases caused global warming (So Titan, Saturn’s moon, is warmer than it should be because of magic?)
After Inhofe’s tirade came to its weird conclusions — he attacked the Obama Administration for having his federal agencies “collude” together to promote a “global warming agenda,” Senator Whitehouse stepped up and introduced Senator Inhofe to a thing called “reality.”
Whitehouse began by saying, “I appreciate very much having had the opportunity to hear those words, from what I can only describe as an alternate reality,” and then ripped Inhofe’s stupidity:
Whitehouse began by addressing one of Inhofe’s most oft-used arguments against the existence of climate change — that the earth’s atmospheric temperature has not risen in the last 15 years.
That “little rhetorical device” Inhofe is using fails to consider two things, Whitehouse said. One, is that more than 90 percent of the heat generated from increased carbon emissions gets absorbed into the ocean, not into the atmosphere. Two, is that any changes in ocean temperature will eventually have “a pronounced effect” on atmospheric temperature. Indeed, recent studies show that global temperatures are set to rise rapidly in the face of our increasingly warm and acidic oceans.
“To say that we have no warming is just not factual,” he said.
Whitehouse then addressed Inhofe’s paranoid delusions that federal agencies were all in collusion to promote the agenda of environmentalists, stating that “Colluding together. That’s a fairly tough word to use.”
Whitehouse: Let me tell you some of the government agencies who are so-called colluding together. How about NASA? We trust them to send our astronauts into space. We trust them to deliver a rover the size of an S.U.V. to the surface of Mars safely and drive it around, sending data and pictures back from Mars to us. You think these people know what they’re talking about? … How about the United States Navy? The commander in chief of our Pacific Command? Is he colluding when he says that? …
If you want to ignore the federal government, if you live in a world in which you think the federal government colludes with itself to make up things that aren’t true, okay. But look at the property casualty insurance and reinsurance industry. They’re the people with the biggest bet on this. They have billions of dollars riding on getting it right, and they say climate change is real, carbon pollution is causing it, we’ve got to do something about it. So does the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, because they care about the poor and the effect this will have on the people who have the least. So does every major U.S. scientific society. Every single one.
Whitehous also tore into Inhofe for citing so-called “petition project,” which purportedly features over 31,000 scientists — 9,000 with PhDs — signing a petition denying global warming as a result of “human release of carbon dioxide.”
“I’m told,” Whoutehouse began, “that among the names on the petition are the Spice Girls. It’s almost a comedic effort.”
“The fact you can’t find 9,000 people who think the earth is flat is a bit of a stretch, and the idea that we should base our policy on a petition that imaginary people are on rather than on what NASA and NOAA and the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and every major scientific society and the entire property casualty reinsurance industry are telling us, it’s just extraordinary,” he added.
Despite Whitehouse’s arguments , the resolution predictably failed. As a result of the non-action, the Senate has no official position on whether climate change is real or not, much less whether it poses a threat to American citizens — a conclusion many US defense agencies came to a long time ago.
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