This sweltering summer, enterprising political activists in Washington, D.C. should erect a tiki hut on the National Mall, complete with wading pool and a bar offering icy drinks, and put a “Jim Inhofe’s New Home” sign on it.
The point would not necessarily be to link the nation’s current heat wave with global warming but to finally show how vacuous the GOP response to climate change remains. That response is built on this basic premise: Manmade carbon emissions don’t cause global warming, which probably doesn’t exist, anyway, and former Vice President Al Gore should be mocked after every major snowstorm.
If Gore gets mocked when it’s cold, then Inhofe should get mocked when it’s hot, right?
We’ve been boiling out here on the prairie for quite a while this summer, but now even the East Coast, including Washington, is facing scorching temperatures above 100 with heat indices above 110.
Last Thursday, The Washington Post reported:
148 million people in 32 states and Washington, D.C. are currently under heat advisories or warnings today. On Wednesday, 141 million people were under advisories/warnings whereas 78 million were Tuesday. The heat wave will continue impacting millions of American through at least Saturday.
The heat wave could part of a larger trend of rising global temperatures and the melting of the arctic ice cap, but one single weather event-just like a major snowstorm-doesn’t tell us much. What matters is the scientific data accumulated over the years from average temperatures to sea levels to the frequency of major storms to areas of visible evidence, such as the arctic region.
So the main point of Inhofe’s tiki hut would be to get the politicos to finally agree not to make too much about one weather event and take a serious look at the long-term science about global warming.
As you may recall, in 2010, Inhofe’s daughter, Molly Rapert, and her family erected a faux igloo on the National Mall after a major snowstorm and put an “Al Gore’s New Home” sign on it. Inhofe has disputed the science of global warming and has labeled it a “hoax.”
Gore is an environmentalist activist and the subject of the 2006 Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth, which documented his efforts to warn people about global warming. Inhofe, of course, is a Republican senator from Oklahoma and the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
I should point out that Inhofe might have actually suffered some sickness due to the extreme heat this year. Inhofe claimed he got sick in late June after swimming in Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, which was filled at the time with potentially toxic blue green algae. The algae thrives in warm water and warmer temperatures.
But, again, even a major outbreak of blue green algae doesn’t prove anything about climate change.