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Okie Sen. James Inhofe: No Climate Change Because Bible Told Him So

Testify!Best and smartest US Senator by universal acclamation James Inhofe has laideth down some Science on thee during an interview with (who else?) the Voice of Christian Youth America radio show “Crosstalk.” Spaketh Inhofe, while evangelizing his new “book,” The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, “Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,’ my point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.” In yer face, Science!

The ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works then whipped all the climate change conspiracists in the temple.

He went on to cite Romans 1:25 ["because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen."] to criticize people, particularly evangelicals like [Richard] Cizik, who believe in climate change. Inhofe said that just as Scripture forecasted, people have now “worship the creation” when they support environmental protection, which seems to assume that humans won’t be negatively impacted by climate change.

Nobody tell Inhofe Man can now do earthquakes, too, okay? [Right Wing Watch]

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134 comments

      1. Baconzgood

        You can't argue with that kind of logic. Literally! YOU CAN'T ARGUE WITH THAT KIND OF LOGIC!!!!

        1. sewollef

          We gotta be careful here guys, since according to Mr Inhofe's bible:

          God's anger is fierce and endures long
[Num 32:13/ Num 25:4/ Jer 17:4]

          or….

          God's anger is slow and endures but for a minute
[Ps 103:8/ Ps 30:5]

          So which is it, Jimmy? If we're to be smoted, we need to know.

          1. proudgrampa

            This has always been my problem with God. It's like He can't make up His mind about anything.

            That, and he plays horrible tricks on people. I mean, what was with that whole Abraham sacrifice thing, anyway?

          2. Baconzgood

            And not giving the Jews good directions? You would think if he created the earth he'd know where they were going. I think that whole water/rock thing was just God being too stuck up to say he didn't know when to tell them what exit to get off at.

          3. sewollef

            We all get messed up on the New Jersey Turnpike, even that God chap.

            My exit is 13A…. I think. Then straight across to the Verazzano and the safety of Brooklyn.

          4. Dudleydidwrong

            "Naaah! Naah! Naah! I was just funnin' ya. Put down the damn knife before you cut somebody." (Genesis 22:8.5 (Revised Redacted Version)

          5. RadioStalingrad

            Then the badass motherfucker stuck his only begotten son up on a cross with nails in his limbs and a crown of thorns to show those hippie, kidcentric parents how to do it. Booya, in your face Parenting magazine.

          6. HistoriCat

            Moses – I want the Hebrews to get the hell out of Egypt! But … I'm going to "harden Pharaoh's heart" so that he says "no". Why? Because I can – that's why.

    1. GregComlish

      Not necessarily, but if he's just cold turning water into wine then he's definitely violating at least one of the laws of thermodynamics.

  1. KeepFnThatChicken

    I'd like to rebut with Mark 6:17, when Jesus said, "James, you really are an asshole."

  2. ChernobylSoup

    Oh, he believes in global warming… This is part of his insidious plan to own all the beach front property in Oklahoma.

    1. Terry

      That and he LIKES it hot. He's old and if Oklahoma averaged 95 degrees year round, he wouldn't have to wear his sweater.

    1. An_Outhouse

      Is acid rain, nuclear fallout, and ozone depletion in the Bible? No? Then they're all hoaxes too.

  3. Allmighty_Manos

    "The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

    So we're still over in Afghanistan to bring the wonders of modern civilization to a medieval society, right?

    1. JustPixelz

      But the Promised Land is the only place in the Middle East with no oil. Meanwhile, Mohamed called Saudi Arabia home. Ya think God is playing favorites?

  4. CapeClod

    If we hadn't used that handy blueprint that was in the Bible, we never would have gotten to the moon.

    1. comrad_darkness

      Hey, wait. If we can build a ship for which pi really equals 3, then perhaps it will exist in the 9th dimension and can travel faster than light…

  5. Serolf_Divad

    Just fer shits 'n giggles, let's fire a couple of nukes at Russia. It'll be cool to watch God stop them mid flight so that we can continue to have harvests and seed plantings and such, just like the Bible says.

  6. Baconzgood

    Man can't pollute the environment ever. Just ask the fine people, with a healthy glow to no less, at Chernobyl.

  7. KeepFnThatChicken

    Senator:

    You seem to have some intransigence in your public policy, because your Bible tells you something. Fair enough. Now please let me rebut with some more Bible, that points directly to earth science:

    1 Chronicles 16:30: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable.”
    Psalm 93:1: “Thou hast fixed the earth immovable and firm …”
    Psalm 96:10: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable …”
    Psalm 104:5: “Thou didst fix the earth on its foundation so that it never can be shaken.”
    Isaiah 45:18: “…who made the earth and fashioned it, and himself fixed it fast…”

    These five verses keep the earth at the center of the universe.

    Science, asshole. Hope you're remaindered in a few weeks.

    1. AbandonHope

      Yeah, I'm fairly sure he DOES believe in a geocentric universe. Never underestimate the power of literalist stupidity.

    2. SayItWithWookies

      And in Genesis it says that The LORD made the sun to light the day and the moon to light the night. So why the hell does the moon come up during the day sometimes, huh? Why is God such a filthy stinkin' liar, huh?

  8. UnholyMoses

    It must be weird to go through life ignoring things like science, fact, reason, and logic because of some book written nearly 2,000 years ago, incorrectly translated, and twisted to fit particular agendas (e.g., The King James version, the fact the Gospels of Judas, Mary, and several others were left out because SHUT UP THAT'S WHY [paraphrasing the Council of Nicea]).

    Wait, did I type "weird?"

    I meant clinically fucking stupid to the point of most likely causing the extinction of our species.

    1. TheGyrus

      No, no, they prayed before writing the King James Bible and convening the Council of Nicea, so all the changes they made are cool with God. Otherwise, he would have made them make different changes.

  9. Chichikovovich

    OT (Though on the other hand perhaps not) – [This link was posted in one of the comments to an earlier post; I can't now find the comment so I'll post this here.]
    http://theamericano.com/2009/11/24/sarah-palin-re….

    A two-year old article from the wife of the GOP Congressman Sean Duffy from Wisconsin who (more recently) said at a townhall he wouldn't take the same pay cut he thought Wisconsin state employees should get, because he was "struggling to get by" on his circa $150,000 salary (plus what ALEC has taught the GOP to call "Cadillac benefits"). Topic: Sarah Palin redefining feminism, blah, blah. Familiar wingnut boilerplate. But memorable for two reasons:

    a) One of the most laughable opening sentences in the history of human letters:

    "If the current pace continues, Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue is on track to become perhaps the best-selling nonfiction book ever."

    b) A tacit admission by a wingnut Christian conservative that the Bible is fiction.

  10. UnholyMoses

    Well, on the bright side, we'll most likely be able to grow palm trees in KC here soon, so, ya know, we got that goin' for us.

    On the downside, ARMADILLOS!*

    (*Not to be confused with Armadildos, such as Inhofe.)

  11. PubOption

    According to Wikipedia, he was born in 1934, so has lived longer than his threescore years and ten. Does he think he will be like Methuselah, and live for a few hundred years? Can he see the contradiction?

  12. neiltheblaze

    The arrogance of people who think that a bunch of bullshit believed by illiterate desert nomads in the Bronze Age somehow trumps science is pretty fucking staggering too.

    1. KeepFnThatChicken

      STFU about that, already… if suddenly you turn out a whole bunch of non-violent offenders, the unemployment rate will skyrocket!

      HEY HEY HEY, by the way, just curious — but are prison laborers counted in the monthy jobless numbers?

    2. An_Outhouse

      Actually that is where God commanded man to be a vegetarian. I think only the the Seventh Day Adventists acknowledge this.

  13. hagajim

    Must be nice to go through life being an arrogant know nothing nincompoop. Good thing li'l Jimmy will be dead soon (by the looks of that photo). Maybe these dumb old assholes will all die off before we destroy the planet….nah.

  14. elviouslyqueer

    The ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

    What? Was the Senate Committee on Fucking Batshit Nutjobbery already full?

  15. upthruster

    Someone needs to tell Inhofe that even if Jesus ascended to heaven at the speed of light, we would still be able to see him doing so today. If we can see starlight from stars that died millions of years ago, we could see Jesus ascending. Lick it Inhofe!

  16. coolhandnuke

    … my point is, God’s still up there…

    And doing loving, compassionate things with the weather James ,oh, like floods, hurricanes, twisters, tsunamis, monsoons, landslides, blizzards, cyclones, heat waves, droughts and Oklahoma.

    1. spends2much

      Weird how Weather God keeps hitting places like "god-fearing" Kansas and missing my home of Toronto, full to the brim with brown people and married homos!

  17. Mumbletypeg

    Inhofe is like 77 years old. Isn't this another case of stubborn old goats who're trying to get in their last 2¢ before being shown the door to retirement?

    If you shout in his ear "I was saying 'retirement,' not 'envir'nment!'!" who knows, maybe he'll get a different message.

  18. OKthennext

    I confesseth I have sinned. I gave my child antibiotics and destroydeth the streptococcus that God had placed upon this earth to infect her throat. Forgive me my transgressions Senator Assholiest.

  19. Chichikovovich

    Well, most of those scientist calculations use sines, cosines, and other [child-not-to-be-named]ometric functions that assume the unBiblical value of 3.1415926….. for π. Scripture clearly states that it is 3:

    "ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, . . . and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about" (I Kings 7:23)

    1. TheGyrus

      All of that is consistent with 3.14159etc., depending on the width of the brim. Assume they measured the full length across, but only the inside circumference of the vessel. So, what scripture really says is that you should be inconsistent in your measuring.

  20. prommie

    Oh no, he has found out about our conspiracy to grab control of US society by brainwashing people into abandoning fossil fuel. Comrades, what shall we do now? Will it be sufficient to ridicule and marginalize him using our propaganda warfare arm, the "media," or shall we attack Christianity itself, ramp up our war on Christianity, to undermine acceptance of this "Bible" he cites? Comrades, we are at a critical juncture in our scheme to destroy america and enslave its people in our communist slave labor FEMA camps. Comrade Obama's plans approach operational phase, what shall we do about this pesky Inhofe?

    1. Mojopo

      Oh, I think it's time to prescribe tanning sessions outside for Sen. Inhofe. We'll just move his desk into the sunshine. No sunblock – he won't need it because he believes in God.

    2. orygoon

      1. Ride a bike
      2. Elect representatives who will get us more and better bike lanes
      3. Reprint the fantastic t-shirt that a friend gave me, way back in college, with the grinning sheik on it and big blue letters that said "RIDE A BIKE".
      4. Also, ignore that ignorant fucker.

  21. Doktor Zoom

    Inhofe also knows that God never meant for man to fly. No wonder the guy crashed his own plane.

  22. Chichikovovich

    “Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,’ my point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

    You know a wingnut Christian is a moron when their arguments fail even if you concede the 10 mile head start of granting, for the sake of sport, the truth of every Bible passage they appeal to.

    No climate scientist is denying that there will still be harvest, winter and summer. Just that the typical Oklahoma growing season will eventually take place in Antarctica and above the Arctic Circle.

  23. Huevos Ocupados

    The hairless ape experiment has just about run it's course. I think it's about time to hand it over to the dolphins.

  24. SayItWithWookies

    Well, let's not be too hard on Sen. Inhofe for not being too bright — he was descended from monkeys, you know.

  25. Mojopo

    You silly pinkos. It is impossible to diminish God's will. There is nothing you can do that makes anyone sick or have little half amphibian babies – that's the durn Devil.

    And they believe it. Never once stopping to consider the evil men do, or take responsibility for the illness and suffering they inflict on innocent people in exchange for big gobs of money. Inhofe, obviously, doesn't believe in God. He's faking it and hedging his bets, willing to try and "repent" before he draws his last breath. Let HIM live on a Superfind site. Make him eat whatever grows there.

  26. Selfish_T

    The "there's a bible verse that says there will always be some cold weather" argument really isn't much worse than most of the other arguments that climate change is a massive worldwide UN/liberal hoax.

  27. Callyson

    ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night’
    Yeah, but *whose* summer–Texas', with its never ending 100 degree days? San Francicso's (aka the coldest winter Mark Twain ever knew)? Whose winter? The brutal ones of my hometown Pittsburgh? The non – existent ones of Los Angeles (where we whine and complain if the temps dip below 50)?
    Moran.

  28. SorosBot

    The arrogance of people to think that they can ignore all the actual evidence proven by science because of what some stupid old book with no connection to reality says is to me outrageous.

  29. Mojopo

    I would like Sen. Inhofe to demonstrate his faith to me by eating a giant plate of shit every day. If his faith is strong enough he will not get sick. God will prevent him from getting e-Coli, right? If he can show me God's greatness in this way, I sure would appreciate it.

  30. Pithaughn

    And yet, Sky Friend has let the NASDAQ rise even with a dark overlord on the throne. What gives?

  31. comrad_darkness

    Yeah, just like there is no sin or blasphemy, because god is up there an it is impossible for it to occur.

  32. comrad_darkness

    I do wonder when they run out of oil because they "conservatively" burned it all up as fast as they could, who will they blame?

  33. LiveToServeYa

    This man is several palms short of a cubit or ell or whatever. I mean to say his Fathom lacketh several shaftments.

    1. UnholyMoses

      I get the feeling Inhofe's had several "shaftments" from the ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillps …

  34. anniegetyerfun

    Oh, fer fuck's sake. Even the most backwards ass mullah in Pakistan, the kind of guy who thinks womenfolk shouldn't be allowed to leave the house, is aware of global warming. That's because those guys aren't paid by the industries that feed global warming to pretend that they've never heard of it. I'm sure you could drag a few verses out of the Qur'an that seem to point to the Earth remaining cool and shiny forever, but since the men hiding in the Hindu Kush have actually SEEN the changes in weather patterns, they believe it is happening.

    That is to say, the TALIBAN is more enlightened than Inhofe when it comes to matters of science.

  35. JustPixelz

    People who can only see the Bible in literal terms demonstrate their mental limitations. The beauty and value of the Bible is as much in what is doesn't say as in its explicit instructions. Nobody told Adam that Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit, but he ate it too condemning himself to mortality, to die with her rather than live (forever!) without her. Do the literalists see that?

      1. JustPixelz

        Thank you, re: Joseph Campbell.I like to think of the Eden story as an allegory to childbirth. Adam and Eve are in the womb of Eden until Eve and the Phallus-Serpent causes her and Adam to be born into the world. As a lesson about “original sin” it is uninspiring (to me). As a lesson about free will, love and sacrifice for the sake of knowledge, it is inspiring. Adam and Eve were the bravest people in history: They stepped out of Eden alone and naked, then built the world. They did it without the Bible or Jesus to explain how weather works. (Take that, Inhofe!)

  36. valthemus

    Inhofe doesn't know that Osiris won the universe from God in a game of rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock. Osiris is laughing his ass off at you, Inhofe!

  37. unclejeems

    Arrogance is assuming that your interpretation of words first chipped onto a tablet in the Bronze Age should be turned into public policy in the 21st Century. Arrogance is assuming no one can see through your facile posturing, Senator, you old whore.

  38. Biff

    Since braindead motherfucker's middle name is Mountain, I propose a little mountaintop-removal mining take place. It's the only way to be sure there's any activity worth allowing or preserving in there.

  39. Beowoof

    Hey don't worry Jeebus will just show up and do some magic tricks to make everything okay again.

  40. Sacanagem

    For the record, Sen. "For the Bible Tells Me So" will be "interviewed" (yeah I guess that's the operative word) on Rachel Maddow this Tuesday. Let the barbeque commence!

  41. Slim_Pickins

    Back in the day, loons like Inhofe were institutionalized, and the institution was not Congress.

  42. ttommyunger

    How about something that isn't in the Bible: the Rainbow is a sign of God's promise not to destroy mankind again. There is no such promise not to allow mankind destroy itself…BTW, how old are you, James? Brings to mind the statement in "Blade Runner".

  43. banana_bread

    Past, Inhofe, oil company propaganda != Bible. I know you think that both are sacred, but do try not to get them mixed up.

  44. Cheneysleftnut

    Jesus did not 'ascend to Heaven,' as much as, he got as far and fast away from these types of assholes as he possibly could.

  45. GregComlish

    For decades we have had the ability to destroy all life on the planet. It almost happened during the Cuban Missile crisis and it could happen in the future if people make that decision. And for a long fucking time there isn't going to be any more spring, summer, or autumn. Just winter.

  46. C_R_Eature

    -part 1
    Well, Inhofe in the news again, making me angry all day and forcing me to post another furious screed on Wonkette because, where else?

    Here we have the Minority Ranking Member of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (”The Greatest Deliberative Body in the World!”) peddling his shoddily ghostwritten book of fabricated Extractive Industry propaganda to “Christian Youth” at a cheapjack Godbotherer Radio station. Inhofe, making a spectacle of himself trying to refute the facts of a rapidly worsening global climate crisis that every world scientific and political organization and the Vatican recognizes but only heavily-propagandized FOX junkies, paid EXXON shills and reactionary rightwing intellectual nudibranchs refuse to acknowledge.

    As if that isn’t bad enough, here he goes , reaching for support in The Bible. The Bible! Look, if “Patriotism is the last Refuge of the Scoundrel”, then this grab for religious justification of a patently unjustifiable position is the sump in the subbasement in the Bunker of the Last Refuge of this particular Scoundrel.

    Inhofe, the Bible is great as a Cultural touchstone and for illustrating Jesus’ principles of Peace, but don’t look in it for validation of your anti-AGW viewpoint. You’re smearing and cheapening both Religion and Science and there’s absolutely no reason for the public to tolerate someone of your position misusing the public square like this.

  47. C_R_Eature

    part 2

    Here’s the deal, Inhof:

    Use the Bible to tell me the exact dosage of antibiotic to save a sick child, whether the H5N1 virus is evolving to an airborne variety and, if so, what steps should be taken, if the cluster of magnitude 2 earthquakes at the San Andreas fault is a signal of disaster or just a release of stress, what the best fisheries management strategy for the Striped Bass stock in the Mid Atlantic is, if the results of the Whole Effluent Toxicity test for the industrial plant upstream means that the new WWTP is functioning properly, the best method of preventing farm field topsoil loss in a rapidly worsening drought, whether hydrofracking for natural gas can be done economically while preserving the integrity of the aquifer and whether the Near-Earth asteroid 99942 Apophis will or will not impact the Earth in its close flyby on April 13, 2036.
    If you can do just one of these, then you will have reason to use the Bible as a reference text to refute Anthropogenic Climate Change.

    You can’t of course and you are holding up critical actions and decisions that literally hold the fate of millions of people and whole ecosystems at risk, in a fit of pique, greed and wishful thinking. In surrendering a desperately ill world to the Koch Brothers and the imagined mercy of your personal God, you are as guilty as parents who refuse all medical treatment and attempt to pray away lethal infections in their desperately ill children,
    You’re Guilty, Inhofe, Guilty of a Crime against Humanity. Because of you, your associates and your enablers, we have lost yet another 10 years in a battle we were 10 years behind in joining. People will die because of this, die from increasingly severe storms, drought, crop failure and economic collapse. People are dying now.

  48. C_R_Eature

    part 3

    You’ll be gone soon, and that’s no bad thing. The damage you and your associates’ crimes have inflicted on the world will live on well after your corpse has crumbled to dust. Future generations will lay curses on you after your name is a long forgotten metaphor for shortsighted greed and willful ignorance.

    Oh, and as for your ugly little book, I present you this poem: The Book of my Enemy has been Remaindered. I will be there to see that. And I will laugh, but just a little. Because we all will have to hurry to get back to work, taking the first steps to attempt to undo the massive, unforgivable damage you have wreaked upon our world.
    If it can be undone.

  49. DaRooster

    "And on the eighth day he created America. Yet it was to not be ruined inhabited by the chosen (white) people for millions of years."

  50. RadioStalingrad

    This God of theirs was so smart he didn't even mention to the stupid shit literalists that the world is round. He waited like 1500 years to whisper it in Copernicus' ear.

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