Editor, The Times:
He has declared war on climate change legislation. He has called climate change a hoax and has actually published a book on the subject called “The Greatest Hoax.”
When the Republicans — in a perfect demonstration of Winston Churchill's 'democracy is a terrible system except for all the rest' — take control of both houses of congress, he will return as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee — a powerful position indeed.
He is “Mountain Jim” Inhofe from Oklahoma.
The very name should send shivers down the spine of any reasonable person who is interested in such matters as global warming.
But then who am I trying to fool here beside myself? The right-wing in this country prefers the Republicans over the Democrats.
According to those chamber of commerce/board of trade types, the Republicans are easy to do business with.
After all what's a little climate change/global warming when the bottom line is affected?
Plus there is the unstated racism not just in the US of A but also here is the land of the Maple Leaf.
To an unreconstructed redneck having a 'black' president must be a total abomination.
Of course Inhofe's biggest backers are the fossil fuel gang.
He combines the ideological and the religious — quote Genesis 8.22, “'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,” Inhofe said.
In other words there is no such thing as climate change and if there is, it's God's will — nothing we mere mortals can or should do about it.
Under other circumstances this would make great satire!
However, with Jim Inhofe about to become one of the most powerful men in the US of A, it is not funny at all.