May 4, 2013

Inhofe says recent cold weather shows climate change talk is 'hot air'

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — Senator Jim Inhofe made comments yesterday alleging Oklahoma's recent cold snap as evidence rebuking global warming.

"The Economist  reported in March that scientists are beginning to backtrack their concerns for man-made climate change, citing that temperatures globally have not risen over the past decade," Inhofe said in a release yesterday. "Maybe it’s time some of this hot air surrounding the global warming debate be sent down here to relieve Oklahomans and our farmers."

Inhofe said Oklahoma's unseasonably cold spring is simply an indication of typically wild weather patterns in the state.

“When we experience temperatures not to our liking, it gets labeled as global warming in the summer and climate change in the winter," Inhofe said. "Waking up to frost on my windshield in May made it a little confusing just what my climate alarmist friends would say we’re experiencing here in Oklahoma.  Yesterday’s temperatures were 10-20 degrees below average across the state, and April brought some of the coldest days in our state’s history. Our farmers are suffering because of it with wheat output expected to drop by nearly 50 percent this year due to the late-season freezes. All the while, activists are relentless in their attempts to drum up global warming hysteria blaming our state’s successful energy sector for extreme heat temperatures."

Respondents to a question regarding Inhofe's comments on The Express-Star's Facebook tended to take a different approach to the climate change than the senator.

"The consensus of opinion among climate scientists disagrees with Sen. Inhofe's non-scientific opinion. I'm inclined to trust the scientific process over the opinion of a Senator with no expertise in the field," wrote Rob Vollmar.

Derek Norsworthy lobbed insults at Inhofe, saying his opinions are dictated by energy companies who have been long-time donators to Inhofe's campaigns.

Others took a more spiritual approach to answering the question of climate change.

"The good lord controls it all," wrote Jared Heston.

Inhofe contested that though some will say global warming is responsible for Oklahoma's hot summers, most residents will think otherwise.

"The activists will expect Oklahomans to forget about our cold spring the moment a hot summer day sets in, but Oklahomans won’t be fooled – not when our crops have been affected and our job-creating energy sector is being attacked," Inhofe said. "President Obama and others in his cabinet renewed their promise to confront the ‘threat’ of climate change, yet the mainstream media has said their efforts have been subpar as of recent."