President Barack Obama told Vice News in an interview released on Monday that it was "disturbing" that the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works denied the existence of climate change. (Watch the video above.) Obama was referring to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who threw a snowball on the Senate floor earlier this month to help make his case that climate change isn't real. Even though Inhofe cited record low temperatures across the country as evidence that climate change was overplayed, the country has actually been experiencing a warmer than average winter. "That's disturbing," Obama said when Vice's Shane Smith pointed out that the stunt would have been funny if it weren't for Inhofe's chairmanship.
The recent news on the front page of the New York Times was stark. As thousands of diplomats were gathering in Lima, Peru, to work on an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, scientists and climate-policy experts were warning "that it now may be impossible to prevent the temperature of the planet’s atmosphere from rising by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. According to a large body of scientific research, that is the tipping point at which the world will be locked into a near-term future of drought, food and water shortages, melting ice sheets, shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels and widespread flooding—events that could harm the world's population and economy."
Today is the midterm election for the United States, where many seats in the House and Senate will be determined. It seems pretty obvious that the House will remain in control of the Republicans. It seems likely the GOP will get a slight majority in the Senate today as well. What does this mean? Well, in the short term and for many issues, not a lot. This previous Congress will go down in history as the least effective ever, since all it really did is block White House initiatives. They couldn’t even approve a surgeon general nomination! A GOP majority in the Senate will probably mean more of the same, since they’ll lack the supermajority needed to prevent Democratic filibustering of big items.
As frantic rescue missions continued Monday in Oklahoma following the catastrophic tornadoes that ripped through the state, it appeared increasingly likely that residents who lost homes and businesses would turn to the federal government for emergency disaster aid. That could put the state's two Republican senators in an awkward position.
Despite this being the warmest year on record, Inhofe still insists that we are in a 9 year cold snap. He continues to deny that global warming exists.
Senator James Inhofe, an ardent global warming sceptic, is being accused of turning the row over climate science into a McCarthyite witch-hunt by calling for a criminal investigation of American and British scientists who worked on the UN climate body's report. Inhofe's actions represent an attempt to silence debate on the eve of new proposals for a climate change law.
In Senate floor speech in 2002, Sen. James Inhofe said that Israel is "entitled" to the West Bank and chastised those within the U.S. who have urged Israeli restraint, blaming them for Sept. 11. Inhofe's words could be interpreted to mean that God allowed airliners to be piloted into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon because U.S. actions related to Israel were not to His/Her liking.