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RAW: Uncooked Truth, Beyond Belief 

Issue #272
Jan 30, 2009
The Energizer Bunny of Deniers
Josh Dorner

Last week we wrote about some old Senate dogs up to their favorite trick: obstruction for obstruction's sake.  (With regard to President Obama's cabinet nominees in this case). It seems that one of the saltiest of the Senate dogs and frequent star of RAW, Senator James Inhofe, is finding it particularly hard to give his favorite trick: global warming denial.

Even as Senator Barbara Boxer, who took the Senate Environment Committee gavel away from Inhofe after change came to Congress in 2006, prepares to unveil her latest global warming bill next week, Inhofe still refuses to even acknowledge the existence of man-made global warming. Though he was surprisingly gracious to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson during her Senate confirmation hearing, Inhofe has continued his infamous and almost daily barrage of press releases highlighting the latest supposed smoking gun meant to finally prove once and for all that global warming is just hot air.

Inhofe was particularly apoplectic this week, as Vice President Al Gore was back on Capitol Hill testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Though he did not do so in his testimony on Wednesday, Gore often humorously likens global warming deniers to those who "believe the moon landing was actually staged in a movie lot in Arizona." So what does Inhofe do in response? He dredges up an actual astronaut who walked on the Moon to denounce the "political" "global warming scare."Since you know, the opinion of one astronaut is co-equal to the accumulated knowledge of the world's climate scientists.

Then the day before Gore testified, Inhofe decided to mix it up a little and take a bank shot at Gore by attacking "one of Gore's closest allies in the promotion of man-made global warming fears," Dr. James Hansen, of the nation's preeminent climate scientists. His notorious press handler issued an urgent, "BREAKING" news update to inform us that some former supervisor of Hansen's doesn’t like him, or something? Which obviously means that Al Gore is discredited and global warming is bunk, or something?

And thanks to the 763,375 Oklahomans who voted for him in 2008, we'll only have to deal with Inhofe for another six more years or so!


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