On the heels of Richard Muller’s op-ed for The New York Times, “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic,” Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took to the Senate floor last week to address the “major environmental crisis of our time.” Specifically, Sanders spoke of legislators, like Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Ok.), who consistently ignore and deny climate change.
Sanders noted that as the most senior Republican on the Senate’s Committed on Environment and Public Works, Inhofe is in a position of leadership. By calling climate change a hoax, he and the party following his lead are going against the “vast majority of climate scientists.”
When speaking of climate change—or a perceived lack thereof—Inhofe refers to the prevalence of doomsday predictions stating that “the world is not coming to an end. We’re going through a cycle. We’ve had these cycles before. It gets colder and warmer and colder and warmer. God is still up there.”
Inhofe further confirmed his beliefs in God as the sole influencer of climate, with the book “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.”
It’s worth noting that, according the Center for Responsive Politics, Inhofe is the recipient of significant campaign contributions from oil, gas and electric companies as well as Koch Industries.