It’s Not the Heat…It’s the Stupidity


President Obama’s choice to head the EPA, Gina McCarthy, went before the Senate last week to present her credentials.  However, she virtually disappeared in the smog of a global warming debate. It is remarkable that the divisions over the very existence of global warming are given equal weight, as if flat-earthers had as much credence as as people who believe that the planet is an orb that rotates around the sun.

Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma alleges that the whole concept of climate change and human culpability are actually elaborate hoaxes designed to inculcate Americans into embracing totalitarianism. He suggests that we are giving humankind way too much credit when we agree with 90% of the peer reviewed studies that warn that global warming is real:

Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime 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.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders challenged Senator Inhofe during the hearings:

Why is this debate still mired in confusion?  How can policy makers still assert with straight faces that climate change is a fiction created by a confederacy of godless scientists bent on the subjugation of the planet while advancing the cynical agenda of corporately funded opponents.  The film A Burning Question investigates the causes and effects of this deliberate campaign of distraction:

Corporate interests dominate the discussion because of their disproportionate influence. Grassroots groups and indigenous people are competing with heavily funded industrial lobbyists.  And, while one side has science on their side, the other side has the hearts and minds of the people who make the laws and policies. Check out this trailer from Agrofuels: Starving People, Fueling Greed: