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And now a word from everyone's favorite climate change denier:

Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, a Republican, accused the “liberal media” of exploiting the devastating tornado in Oklahoma to push its climate change “agenda.”

“The liberal media is trying to exploit a tragedy to advance and expand its own agenda. And, believe me, the victims all know this,” Inhofe said in an interview with Newsmax, adding that news outlets that link the tornado to climate change ”do a great disservice to those who have experienced this tragedy.”

“We were being hit by tornadoes long before anyone talked about climate change, and even before it was called ‘global cooling,’ before it became ‘global warming,’ and then ‘climate change,’” he continued. “The same thing that happened last week happened 14 years ago, 25 years ago, and 30 years ago.” - Salon, 5/28/13

Oh crap!  Inhofe's on to us, guys!  Game over, man!  Game over!  Here's a little insight into Inhofe's comments:

Inhofe's colleagues, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), both took to the Senate floor in the wake of last week's deadly string of tornadoes -- including a particularly devastating one that killed 24 in Moore, Okla. -- to argue for more urgency in addressing climate change. Whitehouse later apologized about the timing of his remarks, saying they were pre-written.

While it has been argued that there is a connection between changing climate patterns and violent twisters, many articles in the wake of last week's tornadoes have said it is impossible to determine at this point.

"It's a damn difficult thing to predict," Michael Oppenheimer, a climate change expert at Princeton University, told HuffPost's Lynne Peeples.

Oppenheimer and other experts claimed that the energy-building mix of heat and humidity necessary to spawn tornadoes will become more common as the climate warms, but there was less certainty regarding a number of other key factors related to tornadoes. Some climate scientists maintain that we'll see more deadly storms like the ones that swept through the Midwest last week. Others argue that we'll see fewer, and some aren't willing to speculate until there is more data on a possible trend.

Still, the lack of a concrete connection doesn't support Inhofe's broader denial of climate change. While a warming world may indeed end up having no effect on tornadoes, recent studies have found that it has already significantly increased the risk of Hurricane Katrina-magnitude storm surges in the U.S. - Huffington Post, 5/28/13

Even Billy Nye the Science Guy took a swipe at Inhofe's ignorance on Twitter:
Maybe Inhofe isn't listening to his state's former state song by the Flaming Lips to fully grasp the reality of climate change:

Either way, it's still a great shame that a right-wing, anti-environment, anti-reality lunatic like Inhofe probably won't face the wrath of the voters next year.

Originally posted to pdc on Tue May 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks.

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  •  How can Inhofe eat without swallowing his tongue? (6+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue May 28, 2013 at 11:09:29 AM PDT

  •  Line up behind Inhofe.....that's the ticket. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Inhofe can shut up. (4+ / 0-)
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    Penny GC, a2nite, Sue B, Calamity Jean

    This man comes begging for federal funds for Oklahoma but could not possibly support Sandy relief funding.  But Oklahoma residents will still vote for him because Republicans love to bash the federal government right up until they need the government.

    He that chooses his own path needs no map. Queen Kristina of Sweden.

    by Boppy on Tue May 28, 2013 at 11:10:14 AM PDT

  •  It's the same thing everytime (3+ / 0-)
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    skillet, Penny GC, Joieau

    You cannot talk about the CAUSE of increased storm activity, because that is "politicizing" the tragedy.

    You cannot talk about the cause of gunn shootings bacause that is "politicizing" the tragedy.

    You cannnot talk about the cause of increased income disparity because that is "politicizing" the tragedy.

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Tue May 28, 2013 at 11:21:44 AM PDT

    •  I haven't noticed 'liberals' (3+ / 0-)

      trying to link tornadoes to climate change, just a handful of commenters on various related diaries here. Which have been met with sincere cautions, because for all Inhofe's wingnut positions and pronouncements, he's right about Tornado Alley. Which is called that because tornados happen there on a regularly occurring basis. Hell, this year's crop hasn't even been as bounteous as usual.

      As for supposed "more F5s" to implicate climate change with the relative strength of tornados, the designation is damage-determined, and that only applies where populated areas are hit. Populations are growing and spreading out, but there's still a lot of wide open spaces between. Nobody measures the Fujita scales of those if they hit nothing but shrubs, grass and occasional lonesome road signs.

      Just sayin'... that it's not wise to jump on every tornado, hurricane, deluge, drought, blizzard, heat wave, cold snap that occurs and claim it as some sort of 'proof' the climate's drastically changing and we're all gonna die. As someone who is familiar with Oklahoma through both direct experience over half a century and often told family sagas that go back a century further, a nasty tornado in Oklahoma is not 'proof' that the climate's changing.

      It is 'proof' that tornados happen in Tornado Alley. That's honestly about as shocking as snow in Buffalo, which we hear reported breathlessly every damned year in late fall/early winter as if it's entirely unprecedented. Real eyebrow-raisers would be news that NO tornados hit Oklahoma in a given year, or Buffalo was entirely without snow all winter long.

      •  Yes, neither side (2+ / 0-)
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        should equate weather with climate. But here Inhofe uses the fact that a single event can't be said to be caused by climate change to argue that the opposite must then be true. This is a common tactic used by creationists (which is what he is). Of course Inhofe has a long sordid history of climate change denial, so this is not at all surprising. And claiming that advocates of climate change science are "exploiting the devastating tornado in Oklahoma" to push their "agenda," he is using the event to push HIS "agenda."

        •  Of course he is. (1+ / 0-)
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          nuclear winter solstice

          And that's every bit as shocking as tornados in Oklahoma and snow in Buffalo.

          Inhofe and his ideological kin are entirely predictable, even moreso than the weather. And while we can moan and groan (or just point and laugh) about Inhofe being Inhofe, it's darned unreasonable for anybody to insist he be somebody else.

          Loudmouthed opportunists in politics is nothing new. Nor is projection some kind of brand new 21st century psycho-weapon nobody's ever encountered before. [/shrug]

      •  thanks for a sensible comment about tornado alley (1+ / 0-)
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        because he is correct about that, and for people to make fun of him when he's accurate only takes away from people pointing out the ways he is wrong.

        Yes I believe things have changed in my neck of the woods over the past 30 years. But I also remember worrying about tornados in their season in tornado alley since I was a child. What is changing is the length and timing of it, not the fact that there are times and places that regularly experience terrible tragic weather.

        We had a tornado in Wolfeboro, NH a few years back and are getting actual tornados and driving straight-line winds like I never remember from before in MA. I didn't grow up afraid of tornados or hurricanes here in New England- they were from the midwest and the south.  
            Also, the giant swirling windy rainstorm we are still experiencing here would have been a Nor'easter with several feet of blowing snow in my area if climate conditions were still like they were here 15 years ago. Up until then the shadowy areas in my yard were always the last to still have snowbanks, and it was a funny joke to start wondering what plants to put out before then. More recently it's been a matter of putting plants out 6 weeks early and covering them once or twice against some frost...So I think if people want to demonstrate climate change we need to talk about the things that are changing- and not look foolish insulting a broken clock at one of the two times he's right.

        •  Best indication of climate change (1+ / 0-)
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          I've encountered came from the U.S. government - the USDA, in fact, whose job it is to pay attention to the food supply and how it gets to our tables in enough abundance to sustain our lives. Last year they officially changed our climate zone to the next warmer one. A clear indication that they don't believe it's ever going to go back to 'normal', and we who need to know last frost date and climatic details in order to grow food must do our planning - something that happens in the dead of winter and extends through early spring with seed purchases and ground prep - based on reality, not great-grandpa's tales of gnarly ice in May.

          THAT is climate change. Duly recognized as climate change by those whose job is to keep track of climate for practical purposes. A nasty tornado in Oklahoma is not climate change.

  •  Of course it isn't (7+ / 0-)

    Everyone knows the tornadoes were caused by gay marriage.

    Divine retribution just happens to have really lousy aim and hit Oklahoma by mistake.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Tue May 28, 2013 at 11:57:25 AM PDT

    •  A preacher and his buddy are out playing golf (1+ / 0-)
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      but the buddy isn't very good at it.  He tees off -- slice.  "Damn!  Missed again!"

      Next shot -- into the bunker.  "Damn!  Missed again!"

      Putt -- just barely clips the hole and rolls by.  "Damn!  Missed again!"

      The preacher is offended and says, "Look, pal, if you don't watch your language, I'm going to call on the Lord to strike you down."

      The buddy tees off at the next hole -- into the water.  "Damn!  Missed again!"

      The preacher starts praying.  The sky fills with dark clouds, and a lightning bolt strikes...the preacher.

      The clouds roll away.  "DAMN!  MISSED AGAIN!"

      Quidquid id est, timeo Republicanos et securitatem ferentes.

      by Sura 109 on Tue May 28, 2013 at 08:12:14 PM PDT

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  •  Onhofe (0+ / 0-)

    goes on Newsmax, and then bitches about biased media?


    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Tue May 28, 2013 at 12:46:14 PM PDT

  •  Inhofe, you are such a fucker. (1+ / 0-)
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    "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue May 28, 2013 at 01:35:31 PM PDT

  •  Time to start shaking up Oklahoma (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    I know it's the reddest state in the U.S. or at least one of them but damn it, Oklahoma has the lousiest Representatives and U.S. Senators.  People like James Inhofe are an insult to this country.

    We start by making the Oklahoma Democratic Party a real Democratic Party and getting the activism started.  I don't care what the odds are.

  •  *HIC* (0+ / 0-)
    The liberal media

    Quidquid id est, timeo Republicanos et securitatem ferentes.

    by Sura 109 on Tue May 28, 2013 at 08:07:30 PM PDT

  •  You mean like GOP did with abortions in Philly? (0+ / 0-)

    Or like the GOP did with Benghazi? Or with the IRS?

    Or like gun manufacturers selling MORE guns after Aurora and Newtown?

    Yeah, it's not reserved to the GOP to use a situation to push their agenda.

    Anything else, James?

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