Congress and Climate Change

Written By: Garry Cooper

Vowing to vote against the climate change bill, the Senate’s foremost global warming denier, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) pointed out that even on the slight chance that global warming does exist, “It would be part of God’s plan and not for us to interfere with.” Inhofe, quoting “science experts,” insisted that if global warming were real, “it would function in conjunction with those flurocarbon things to create upward pressure that would open up that hole in the ozone layer even more that everyone seems so worried about. Not only would that function as a kind of chimney vent to let out all this real polluting stuff like impure thoughts and pornography, but then God’s light would pour through even brighter and bathe our entire planet.”

Asked which science experts he was quoting, Inhofe replied, “Lots of them, and Sarah Palin says so too.”

Inhofe’s assertions were backed by Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), who has pointed out that there was more carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere during the age of dinosaurs and that the Earth did just fine back then. Shimkus, noted primarily for backing every coal industry bill and for walking out during President Obama’s last joint address to Congress, (a political rival, Danny Stover, noted that “For me, the problem is not that Congressman Shimkus walks out during the President’s speech but that he keeps coming back in”) pointed out that not every scientist is bound by what they see in the laboratory. “Some of the greatest science has started with speculation,” he said, “And speculation comes directly from God.”

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