From Donald Trump to Sean Hannity to Harold Hamm
to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Exxon), one of the favorite global warming science denial idiocies is “Ha … if there’s so much warming, why’s there snow outside.” Jim Inhofe famously had his grandchildren make an igloo mocking Al Gore and more famously wanted to start a snowball fight in the Senate.
It is now February 2017, just less than two years after the above video and this prominent example of Jim Inhofe’s anti-science mania. (As Alec Baldwin put it about Inhofe, “Is there a bigger oil whore than Jim Inhofe?“) In those two years, we had 2015 hotter than 2014 and then 2016 hotter than 2015. The world is warming — despite Inhofe’s big snowball.
There is a 4A weather / climate emergency
- The Arctic is experiencing massive temperature fluctuations, with record high temperatures.
- Australia and much of the Americas are experiencing record heat.
- The Antarctic has ice missing in action and what might be the largest ice shaving in world history.
When it comes to America, for example, Oklahoma is experience record heat for Valentines Day and this has nothing to do with Oklahomans romantic passion. It is the middle of February and the thermometer is hitting 100F.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 15, 2017
IT IS THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY.
OKLAHOMA is 100F.
THIS IS A SERIOUS SIGN OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
Oklahoma is represented by one of the loudest climate science denialists in the U.S. Senate, a Senator who has received more fossil fuel contributions to his campaign than almost any other Member of Congress. The products of these firms are a serious contributor to humanity’s ever-mounting greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions. And, continued denial of basic climate science (and of the scientific consensus about climate change) is inhibiting action to slow (and reverse) the warming fostering 100F days in Oklahoma in the middle of winter.
In the interim, Oklahoma needs Jim Inhofe’s snowball a lot more than the Senate floor.
Note: Considering its climate-change related deluges, perhaps California no longer needs Inhofe’s snowballs.