Climate change, while agreed on by many scientists from across the world, is still a topic of debate in U.S. politics. The liberal side of the political spectrum sees climate change as a dangerous side effect of mankind’s technology that needs to be stopped before it kills us all. Conservatives, on the other hand, see climate change as nothing more than a hoax. The only thing it is a threat to is jobs, the economy, and apparently the minds of children.
Republican Senator James Inhofe is one of these people who see climate change as nothing but baloney. After all, didn’t he disprove the theory by carrying a snowball into Congress that one time?
He also wrote a book back in 2012 calling global warming the greatest hoax ever played on the human race. He’s recently made it back into the news for warning people that kids are being brainwashed into believing global warming, and that it’s up to parents to “un-brainwash them.”
The Hill reports: Inhofe, an outspoken climate change skeptic and chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said he came to the realization when his granddaughter challenged him on his denial of the science behind global warming.
“Our kids are being brainwashed,” the Oklahoma Republican told conservative radio host Eric Metaxas on a recent appearance reported by the liberal blog Right Wing Watch.
“My own granddaughter came home one day and said … ‘Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming?’ I did some checking, and Eric, the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, they are brainwashed — you have to un-brainwash them when they get out,” Inhofe said.
If one cannot even win an argument against their own granddaughter, how firmly do they truly understand their own beliefs? Then again, in Senator Inhofe’s case, “belief” may be too devout a word for his stance on climate change. The correct term may be “sponsorship.”
From 2011 to 2016 several of the top 20 contributors to Sen. Inhofe’s campaigns have been from energy companies and other businesses that would be hurt by efforts to curb climate change. Some of these donations, just to name a few, come from Devon Energy, Boeing, Exxon Mobil, and BP. You know, people who I’m sure only have the best interests of the general public at heart. You can read more about the senator’s contributors (and others) here.
Instead of “un-brainwashing” the children, perhaps we could just lobby and bribe them into denying climate change? It seems to be rather effective!