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October 9, 2012

Inhofe vs. climate change

Ada —  

One thing you can say about Oklahoma’s U.S. senators — they don’t particularly give a hang about what anyone thinks of them.

Sen. Tom Coburn told voters he wasn’t going to Washington to “bring back the bacon,” but to try to restore fiscal sanity to our national government. He has nearly gone hoarse in the attempt. Only now are people beginning to really listen.

Similarly, Sen. Jim Inhofe couldn't care less what the prevailing thought is regarding climate change.

He has been swimming against the rushing stream for years in his fight against it. Likewise, people are finally beginning to listen.

Before opening Inhofe’s book on the subject, The Greatest Hoax — How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, I had some preconceived ideas of how his presentation would be laid out. I thought it would be based on his private thoughts on the matter.

Instead, what I found was some eye-opening evidence. His first target is the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the body responsible for much of the global warming hysteria. The IPCC’s studies are assembled by scientists. Inhofe says journalists never take the time to read the report, only its summary.

The problem is the summary is written by bureaucrats, not scientists. Chapter 8 of a 1996 IPCC report, written by scientists, says, “No study to date has positively attributed all or part (of the climate change observed) to anthropogenic causes.” Anthropogenic is a fancy way of saying “human.” Yet the Summary for Policymakers retooled the findings to say, “The balance of evidence suggests that there is a discernible human influence on global climate.”

Inhofe says Dr. Michael Mann’s claims that temperatures in the Northern hemisphere remained relatively stable over 900 years and then spiked upward in the twentieth century have been totally debunked by other scientists who have examined his research.

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