Inhofe: It Is ‘Arrogance Of People To Think That We … Would Be Able To Change’ What God Is Doing With The Climate

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told the Voice of Christian Youth America that God controls the climate, not humans.

Promoting his book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe said:

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.

As TP Green points out:

Inhofe went on to attack evangelical leader Rich Cizik, the former Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals, who has made the religious case for fighting climate change pollution. Inhofe said Cizik has been “exposed as a liberal” and that he is like idolatrous Romans described in the Bible as those who “give up the truth about God for a lie.”

In the interview, Inhofe did not mention he has received $1,352,523 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including $90,950 from Koch Industries.

VCY America also argues that Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud, Muslim extremists have infiltrated the federal government, and that the United Nations has engineered the Agenda 21 program to transform human society through population control and energy use.

(H/T Right Wing Watch)

46 Responses to Inhofe: It Is ‘Arrogance Of People To Think That We … Would Be Able To Change’ What God Is Doing With The Climate

  1. prokaryotes says:

    David Koch is now ordering enough Books on Amazon to push this “book” into the Bestseller list, right?

  2. wfickas says:

    The “humans can’t possibly affect the earth” argument is rather silly. Just imagine we gather all the human made nuclear bombs into a pile and detonated them all at once. Do you suspect that might have an effect on the earth?

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Our tax dollars put to work by the oil lobby..

  4. Aubrey Meyer says:

    Fish gotta Swim, Birds gotta Fly . . .
    Can’t help luvin that man, but why . . . ?

    [Inofe too by the sound of it] . . .

  5. Inhofe had better hope there isn’t a god, for if there is, god will always be “up there” relative to the place he is going to be.

  6. jimspice says:

    “It Is ‘Arrogance Of People To Think That We … Would Be Able To Change’ What God Is Doing…”

    If you spread the population of the earth across the globe evenly, over land and water, there would be one person each 300 yards, each releasing as much previously sequestered carbon as burning one mature-growth tree per week. Assuming your view is unobstructed from your assigned position, you’d have 5 of those fires burning within 3 city blocks of you (yours, and one each N,S,E and W), and if you are 6 ft. tall, you’d be able to see a little over 3,300 fires before the horizon blocked your vista. Of course, you’d be able to see the plumes of smoke from TENS OF THOUSANDS more fires beyond that. And the view from EVERY POINT ON EARTH would be exactly the same. Still think we’re too small and insignificant to impact global climate?

    My calculations from an evening with WAY too much time on my hands are here: Inhofe: It Is ‘Arrogance Of People To Think That We … Would Be Able To Change’ What God Is Doing With The Climate

  7. wvng says:

    Rachel Maddow announced on Friday that she would be interviewing Inhofe about this tonight. While I can’t think of anyone who could do a better job on this interview, it is hard to imagine how it will go. Just how do you confront someone with facts that that person’s worldview requires him to reject? This could be either fascinating or a total trainwreck.

  8. Tom King says:

    Highly leveraged positions always look clever until they backfire. By promoting the notion that climate is a liberal concern, he will unwittingly drive people toward liberalism when they see their climate blow up.

  9. denim says:

    My copy of the Bible is in English, and I can read English:
    Book of Revelation 11:18
    “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”
    Now just who is it that the Book says God is going to destroy? Duh!

  10. Leif says:

    Should read:

    “It Is ‘Arrogance Of People To Think That We … Would Be Able To Change’ What “Capitalism” Is Doing…”

    Guess what Inhofe, you can call me Arrogant.
    Stop the profits on pollution of the commons. I will bet that has a positive effect on reinstating man’s humanity to fellow man. Even Earth’s Life support Systems.

  11. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    A prediction: Rachel will keep feeding him more and more rope until she has him. Then she’ll pull it back… hard;o)

  12. Chris Winter says:

    She’s a very good interviewer, but she has one disadvantage: she can sometimes be disconcerted by nonsensical answers. I saw this when she interviewed Arthur Robinson (of OISM infamy). Of course, her biggest problem there was that he talked right over her in a classic Gish Gallop.

  13. caerbannog says:

    I’ve been suspecting that myself. Check out these Amazon best-seller rankings (as of a couple of minutes ago).

    Micheal Mann: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,454 in Books

    James Inhofe: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949 in Books

    I’ve checked the Mann vs. Inhofe Amazon ranking a number of times — Inhofe’s book has been outselling Mann’s book by a wide margin since Inhofe’s book was released.

  14. prokaryotes says:

    Probably the reason the book was written in the first place, was to pave the way for this money stream… and probably common practice with all these kind of books.

  15. Sasparilla says:

    It will be a good day when Inhofe no longer holds his Senate seat.

  16. Chris Winter says:

    I can’t resist quoting the great Tom Lehrer:

    Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly
    But they don’t last long if they try.

    Pollution, pollution:
    We’ve got smog and sewage and mud;
    Turn on your tap
    And get hot and cold running crud.

  17. squidboy6 says:

    I’ve read most of the classics, but the last time I read a book was when my laptop broke down. It was easy and I could still read a book. Who reads books anymore…

  18. squidboy6 says:

    there’s the rub, we’re gonna have to wait until it all gets bad before they figure out that he’s lying. Let’s see what he says if we pump fracking fluids into the ground beneath his home, and make him stay. He’d probably drink it to show it’s OK. Oooooklahoma where the hot air fans the flames…

  19. RayFrack says:

    I used to feel outrage at Sen. Inhofe, wondering whether he might be a personification of the anti-Christ, or whether he was merely deranged, in the pocket of fossil-fuel interests, or blinded by a conservative/libertarian ideology such as Prof. Naomi Oreskes has detailed about so many denialists in her book, “Merchants of Doubt”. My outrage has softened and turned to pity, however, as his recent statement suggests that his judgment has been blinded by his conservative theology and flawed interpretation of Genesis 8:22 as it relates to climate science.

  20. LGCarey says:

    Since Inhofe’s target demographic is likely to prefer the New International Version, let’s see how Rev 11:18 looks there, shall we:
    “The nations were angry,
    and your wrath has come.
    The time has come for judging the dead,
    and for rewarding your servants the prophets
    and your people who revere your name,
    both great and small—
    and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

    Gee, that last line didn’t change much did it?

  21. wvng says:

    That would be awesome, and would exceed my wildest dreams.

  22. John Tucker says:

    I think that is what this is about. Money laundering really.

  23. First off, if one actually reads the Bible, as opposed to just looking at the pictures, it becomes readily apparent that we are charged as stewards. As such, it is monstrous arrogance to imagine that we CANNOT effect the planet, since otherwise God’s charge is entirely otiose.

    Secondly, it is a sin to presume to legislate the mind of God — a violation of the third commandment, in fact. That is, it is a sin to be so vain as to take God’s name to one’s self.

    This is all right there in the text. I don’t even pretend to be a Christian.

  24. caerbannog says:

    Just noticed something else — 100 reviews (and lots of comments) have been posted for Mann’s book. But Inhofe’s book has attracted only a handful of reviews/comments.

    Definitely looks like the L Ron Hubbard / Scientology model — bulk purchases of books to be recycled and bulk-purchased again!

    Who says that Inhofe isn’t green? Selling the same books over and over again will certainly save a lot of trees ;)

  25. Scott says:

    He already made himself sick by swimming in an Oklahoma lake full of blooming algae. He seems to block normal human responses to stimuli and new information.

  26. Daniel J. Andrews says:

    My outrage has softened and turned to pity, </blockquote.

    Yeah, I'm heading that way too although I still don't think that excuses him from the damage he's doing whether that be in judgement of the God he claims he to worship or future generations. He's really starting to sound delusional.

  27. Daniel J. Andrews says:

    oops, blockquote fail.

  28. prokaryotes says:

    ‘rating war’ (and rating abuse) on Amazon as anti-science syndrome sufferers, urged on by the Andrew Peter Breibart of the global warming denial world and other anti-science vigilantes, are swarming on Professor Michael Mann’s just-published book.

  29. nyc-tornado-10 says:

    The idea that God ultimately controls everything is accepted in many bible religions, but that does not take away our free choice. This belief holds that if i kill someone, it is God’s will, and he gives me the power to do so, but it is my free choice, i am resposable for the murder. Likewise, inhofe is responsable for polluting God’s creation to possible destruction.

    As it says in malacai 3, “the day is comming that will burn like an oven, the wicked will be straw and the day will burn them up”. Straw was used to fuel the ovens. The bible is telling us that in the end of days, the evil doers will burn fuel that will cause the heatwave that destroys them, that is exactly what the science of AGW is all about. The prophet then says, “a righeous sun will shine on those who follow God”. Literally, this is refering to solar energy.

    Inhofe has chosen the dark side.

  30. Ziyu says:

    How can Inhofe simultaneously claim that there’s not enough evidence to support global warming and that a supernatural being which has 0 evidence to indicate existence is controlling the entire climate of earth? Oh right. Only real science actually requires evidence. Religion only requires your belief. Inhofe is the new money changer in the temple, only this time he’s dressed as Jesus.

  31. Ozonator says:

    Golly gosh, could they be speculating in all the gas futures to screw the 99%…

  32. Ozonator says:

    Flaming GOP stars still refusing to serve in the military –
    “The Jinn … [72.8] And that we sought to reach heaven, but we found it filled with strong guards and flaming stars” (The Koran;

    Me aka Evil Inhofe –
    “Genesis 37:9 … “the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me” (Bible;

    Allah/God washing hands of extremist Republicans and Christians AGW –
    “1 Kings 19:11 … a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind” (Bible;

  33. prokaryotes says:

    God already gave “Igloo Inhofe” a sign..

    After Getting Sick From Algae Bloom Exacerbated by Heat Wave and Drought, Inhofe Jokes the “Environment Strikes Back”

  34. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    Stewardship of the environment is a common thread through many religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Native American and including Wicca.

    “Greed is good” is not acceptable to any of them.

    “When God created the first human beings, God led them around the Garden of Eden and said: “Look at my works! See how beautiful they are—how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.” (Midrash Kohelet Rabbah 7:13)

    The Muslims quote Mahomet doing his ritual ablutions using a small bowl of water when the river was nearby and saying we should not waste what Allah has given us.

    Then there is Revelations 11-18

    Nowhere does the Bible or any religious book say we cannot destroy God’s creations. The “I can do anything I want because God will fix it” does not tally with any religion.

  35. owlbrudder says:

    Funny how Inhofe denies Christian accountability. I don’t think his god is my God.

  36. a face in the clouds says:

    Senator Slacker will wind up blaming God the way Adam did when he and Eve were forced from the Garden of Eden.

  37. Joan Savage says:

    Inhofe thinks God is causing climate change without including human interactions.
    (If God already made atmospheric physics and chemistry, why stop there?) Inhofe speaks is as a man who is apart from God, delegating environmental protection to God. One of the best definitions of a sin is that it is an activity that is without care for others. Inhofe shuns his responsibility to the rest of us and leaves it to God to take of things. By that definition, he’s quite a sinner.

  38. wvng says:

    Interview wasn’t on last night. Hopefully later this week.

  39. Joan Savage says:

    It does tally with the recollections of a friend who grew up in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma. He described a weekly cycle of irresponsible partying on Friday and Saturday nights (he provided a description of the drug, alcohol, and sex-related detritus left in the woods and lovers’ lanes), followed on Sunday with loud public displays in church expressing regret for their sins and seeking God’s forgiveness.
    This cycle was all to be repeated week after week. The entertainment factor of speculating on who was going to make public confessions and professions of renewed faith in church helped keep the pews full. The theological expectation of being able to sin repeatedly and get forgiven repeatedly was built into the process.

  40. J4zonian says:

    I wonder if Inhofe combed his hair this morning. If he did, he was interfering with God’s plan to have his (inhofe’s) hair messed up by his pillow. Did he eat breakfast? Interfering with God’s plan by taking power into his (Inhofe’s) own hands to feed himself, when god could do it by magic injection if he wanted Inhofe fed. Did he get in a car and get driven to his Russell Building office? Why no faith that God would get him there by instant teleportation if that was in the Master’s plan?

    Inhofe is an arrogance man who apparently can’t tell the difference between a noun and an adjective in addition to not knowing what science is and being incredibly bad at both logic and comparative religion. He really doesn’t even lie very well. Is there anything at all at which this sorry man is competent?

  41. J4zonian says:


    the answer to all your questions is Yes.

  42. Clinton M says:

    Any chance for a review and fact check on Inhofe’s Rachel Maddow appearance on Thursday night, March 15th?

    I really need a PDF filled with debunking and error correction on the wild claims he makes.


  43. Joe Romm says:

    It was head-exploding. I may do a piece.

  44. gzuckier says:

    I suppose next we’ll be expected to believe that the amazing skyline of Manhattan Island was created by mere human beings, and is not a miraculous construction of stone by the Lord’s hand.