• Rick Santorum and James Inhofe, Climate Scientists

    Though evidence for human-induced climate change is overwhelming, global warming skeptics have always had one trump card.

    Sure, the dramatic increase in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is a result of human activity and, yes, there's a tight historic correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentrations and temperature. And yes,  climate change is an observable process, with increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, melting of ice sheets, changing wind patterns and a rising global average sea level already in evidence.

    But: Al Gore is very fat.

    It's an airtight argument, for now. Yet climate change skeptics are intelligent folks (political science interlude: contrary to popular belief, more highly educated Republicans are most likely to disbelieve the dangers of global warming, because they're more aware of the "correct" partisan position on this topic). They know there was a time when Al Gore was not fat and that this time may come again. Therefore, new backup theories are needed to undermine the science-rational thinking industrial complex.

    First up, Rick Santorum, who previewed this line of attack in Michigan before deploying his Druidic wisdom in Mississippi yesterday…

    In the Deep South, one of the most conservative regions of the country, Romney and his Republican rivals polished their credentials with attacks on President Barack Obama's handling of the economy and the nation's use of energy. "The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon dioxide is," said Rick Santorum.

    He is the Santorum, who speaks for the trees. And if those trees could vote, they might propel Santorum to a first-place finish in Alabama and Mississippi, particularly if Mitt Romney makes them self-conscious about their height.

    Not to be outdone, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe has a new book out, titled The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.

    Scientists are always running around with their fancy citations, like "Journal of Geophysical Research 2006 111 (D05109)" and "Modern glacier retreat on Kilimanjaro as evidence of climate change: observations and facts. Int. J. Climatol., 24: 329–339."  Inhofe has his own citation:  Genesis 8:22

    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.

    Checkmate, scientists. You have peer-review? Inhofe's research is God-reviewed.

    And Al Gore is still fat.

    Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Climate Change, Environment, James Inhofe, Mississippi, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Science & Technology

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