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Drought and Wildfires Singe Inhofe’s Backyard

By Joe Romm on December 19, 2006 at 10:13 pm

"Drought and Wildfires Singe Inhofe’s Backyard"

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The irony never ends.

While outgoing Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK) is the Congress’s lead climate change Denier, climate change has fueled record wildfires and drought in Sen. Inhofe’s homestate of Oklahoma.

For a visual, check out the U.S. Drought Monitor, which shows the northern part of Oklahoma currently experiencing the most severe levels of drought in the U.S. (with the darker the colors the more severe the drought). Also note that nearly all of Oklahoma is at least experiencing “abnormally dry”(yellow) conditions. [You can click on any region and then any state to see more detail.]

Note also the widespread drought affecting the backyard of the President, the country’s leading global warming Denier.

U.S. Drought Monitor, 12-12-06

At the last EPW hearing on climate change and media coverage, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) questioned the U.S. policy on climate change by asking if a fire sparked, who would wait to see the damage before moving to put it out. Well, apparently Sen. Inhofe would.

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5 Responses to Drought and Wildfires Singe Inhofe’s Backyard

  1. [...] Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the outgoing chairman of the Senate environment committee, calls climate change “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” But the facts about global warming are clear, and as ClimateProgress notes, the evidence is right in Inhofe’s backyard. [...]

  2. [...] is no stranger to our posts derived from the U.S. Drought Monitor, and again, this case is no [...]

  3. John Caley says:

    Global Climate Change is not due to greenhouse gases, but is due to an
    ubiquitous micro layer of anthropogenic petroleum oil overlaying all the waters of the world.

    This micro layer is inhibiting evaporation of sea water, leading to less cloud formation, which then mimics global warming through a clear sky phenomena.

    There is no way out of this problem unless we act now.

    The Northern Hemisphere is decoupled from the Southern Hemisphere, BUT
    all research is Northern hemisphere oriented.

    The great land masses in the Northern Hemisphere will take a while to be dried.
    Complicating the picture in the Northern hemisphere is the inflow of fresh water ice melt which overlays the salt water leading to slightly increased water evaporation in some areas of the Northern hemisphere.

    Consequently marginally greater rainfall may be seen in some areas of the the Northern Hemisphere.

    The Southern Hemisphere should be the laboratory, for in this region the consequences of the inhibition of the evaporation rates by the sea water oil micro layer can be fully correlated to water evaporation and cloud cover. And this is obvious now in places such as Australia. The Northern hemisphere has a while before Global Drought hits the Northern Hemisphere hard.

    I wish to warn you that trying to remove the greenhouse gases will be
    very dangerous.
    The Earth is on an artificial knife edge, teetering towards a massive Ice Age.

    To undo what mankind has done is going to take a whole world effort,
    BUT the undoing must be carried out in the correct order.

    What information you may think you can rely on that is drawn from past
    paleoclimatology is next to totally (misleading even) useless. The Global Climate Change is an entirely unnatural event.

    There is no room for even a slight miscalculation. There are many remedial measures we can take, but these must be fully considered and
    based upon a sound understanding of the anthropogenic predicament this
    world finds itself in.

    From a continuing analysis see
    http://omegafour.com/forum/
    Please use this information responsibly

    PS Coal use MUST be continued, and even increased since the so called
    greenhouse gases are somewhat protective in this case. The oil layer on the sea must be removed and further inflows of oil prevented. It is only then that the greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere should be lowered.

    Yours
    John Caley

  4. [...] is, of course, purely an ironic coincidence that severe droughts (and wildfires) have hit Oklahoma and Texas, Wyoming, Australia, and China–states and countries with political leaders (or former [...]

  5. online game says:

    The great land masses in the Northern Hemisphere will take a while to be dried. Complicating the picture in the Northern hemisphere is the inflow of fresh water ice melt which overlays the salt water leading to slightly increased water evaporation in some areas of the Northern hemisphere.