So the latest U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe statement that’s percolating in the media is that he believes students are getting brainwashed into believing in global warming.
Inhofe made this statement in a radio show interview last week:
You know, our kids are being brainwashed? I never forget because I was the first one back in 2002 to tell the truth about the global warming stuff and all of that. And my own granddaughter came home one day and said “Popi (see “I” is for Inhofe, so it’s Momi and Popi, ok?), Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming?” I did some checking and Eric, the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, you have to un-brainwash them when they get out.
Note the bragging—“I was the first one,” etc.—and, of course, also note the “un-brainwash them” remark. Inhofe has been a notorious denier of the impact of climate change on the planet, calling it a hoax created by liberal scientists intent on bringing down the fossil fuel industry.
As ThinkProgress pointed out in its post on the remarks, and as I’ve pointed out before, Inhofe has received around $2 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. Does anyone think that really doesn’t influence his crusade against basic science? It’s a matter of caring, not believing, here in Oklahoma. A majority of voters here simply don’t care.
Inhofe’s antics and statements about global warming are legendary at this point, from bringing a snowball onto the Senate floor to supposedly refute climate change to publishing the book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.
All of this matters because the consequences of global warming are immense. Here’s the basic NASA evidence on the topic. The planet’s temperatures are getting warmer, seas are getting warmer and major ice sheets are melting. Meanwhile, these scientific facts correspond directly with rising carbon dioxide levels, which accelerate the greenhouse effect. All this is proven science scrutinized by scientists throughout the world.
Who should you believe? Scientists from NASA or a politician that receives major campaign contributions from an industry that has a vested financial interest in putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? The answer to that seems obvious.
It’s Inhofe that needs some un-brainwashing. His granddaughter asked the right question. Maybe she can get through to him.