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I expect someday that James Inhofe, the Senate's most aggressively ridiculous climate-change denier, will adopt the label that the Reaganista Warren T. Brookes more than two decades ago tagged onto environmentalists: watermelons. That is, green on the outside and red on the inside, commies concealing our true agenda of stalinist world domination beneath clever lies about such matters as the atmospheric ozone hole, asbestos and lead contamination and global warming.

Inhofe's latest trippiness about the latter "hoax" is a wonder to behold. Limits on carbon emissions, he says, aren't really meant to curtail those emissions but rather people's freedom. Here's Michael McAuliff:

Inhofe was reacting to President Barack Obama's recent speech detailing his administration's intention to restrict emissions from coal-powered power plants. Inhofe pointed the language that officials were using as evidence they're trying to hide their true intentions, noting that environmental advocates and the administration are using the phrase "carbon pollution" rather than manmade global warming, which Inhofe said he doesn't believe in.

"Their goal is not to protect the American people, it is to control them," Inhofe said. "They want top-down control, and carbon dioxide regulations will give this to them."
Inhofe argued that the administration is furthering its ends by giving talking points to "alarmists" who, he explained, are "people who believe the world is coming to an end, and it's all man's fault." […]

Actually, Senator, we who back carbon emissions controls don't think the world is coming to an end. That's a different group I think you are more familiar with. But the world as we know it today certainly isn't going to be the world of our children and grandchildren and their grandchildren. The question is how much different it will be. And that is going to depend a great deal on how long it takes the portion of the population that hasn't been taken in by your Exxonerations and Kochorations to spur definitive action to stop making matters worse.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008John McCain forgot that he had an affair:

An article in today’s Los Angeles Times about John McCain’s adultery and subsequent divorce chose to focus on how his actions affected his relationship with Ron and Nancy Reagan. But as sad as it is to learn that Nancy treated McCain with "cool correctness" after he left his disabled wife and three children for a 24 year old heiress, why don’t we just stay with this aspect of the story; the part where John McCain either forgot that he had carried on an affair for nine months or he lied about it in interviews and in his memoir, Worth Fighting For. […]

McCain has blamed his actions on his "immaturity" (he was 42), but he still hasn’t explained if he’s been lying about having had an affair with his current wife, or if it’s just one more thing that he’s confused about.


Tweet of the Day:

I suppose the Aussie version of Sharknado is Hurricangaroo.
@YaleHollander



On today's Kagro in the Morning show, lots of nuclear option background and discussion. Greg Dworkin called in to discuss Eliot Spitzer's run, Bob McDonnell's problems, Snowden/NSA, and more. Afterwards, a crazy GunFAIL story, a discussion of the provocative BusinessWeek "Hedge Fund Myth" cover and just what that myth might really be. We close out the show with at least some of the promised extensive discussion of the looming "nuclear option," and some #KITM only-level detail about what's going on, and what's driving the internal debate.


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