August 01, 2012

Schadenfreude, thy name is Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma

Jim Inhofe/Wikipedia
Schadenfreude is watching Oklahoma bake under 110-degree temperatures even as people like Sen. Jim Inhofe lie about global warming in a Senate hearing, then lie again about global warming to their constituents back home.

Including lying through a book published by lie-masters World Nut Daily: 
Earlier this year, he authored a book entitled "The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future," which was published by the conservative news site WorldNetDaily. In a review which says Inhofe "claims he is winning in his fight to debunk global warming," American Geophysical Union member and retired chemistry professor J.C. Moore, says "Inhofe's greatest adversary is nature itself."
And, 110, nothing. 
Weather Underground says Tulsa is supposed to break 115 Thursday.

I bear no special grudge toward Oklahomans.

Other than their being in one of the "reddest" states in the nation, indeed. Willing to talk about "welfare cheats" when the farmers and ranchers in the state will have no problem listening to Inhofe's lies, then begging for federal disaster relief as the drought and heat wave, quite likely made more likely by anthropogenic global warming, intensified by global warming or both, continue and wreck their pastures and crops.

 Oh, no, I have no special grudge against such lying hypocrites at all.

And, the the hardest-core religious right among them, if you don't want to blame your part in AGW, don't blame the "sins" of gays or whatever. First, there's plenty of gays (albeit worriedly anonymous) in rural Oklohoma. Second, as the divorce rate is higher in the Bible Belt than elsewhere, you've got other sins to worry about, including what often causes divorce, and that's especially when you drive a county away from your dry county for the nearest liquor store.

Don't know if he's a booze hypocrite or not, but Inhofe is one of those religious righters, otherwise. From that same top link:
While promoting his book in March, Inhofe denied the possibility of human-induced climate change, saying on a Christian radio program, "The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what [God] is doing in the climate is to me outrageous."
OK, by this same illogic:
1. It was arrogant to build atomic bombs and nuclear power plants to change what God was doing in the atom.
2. In his own state, it's arrogant to look for oil using modern geological techniques, and arrogant to pump for oil, because of what God did to the dinosaurs. (They, too, were surely killed for their sins. Insert picture of gay T. Rex here.) 
3. It's arrogant to use that oil to make plastics because ...  God will melt them, if they're plastic streetlamp shades, in the heat! (Maybe he's punishing you for buying Made in China plastics, too.)

So, red state Oklahomans? Don't ask for federal disaster aid from the drought. Ditto for Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and other red states with shriveling corn. It would be arrogant to ask humans to bail you out from what God caused. 

It's just too bad Inhofe can't ask God to share some of the heat with his fellow GOP Senate denialist Jeff Sessions in Alabama. 

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