Congressman Demands Obama Apologize To Oklahoma For Investing In Climate Change Research

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)

Just as extreme weather season kicks off, freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) demanded that President Obama apologize to Oklahoma for allocating funding to climate change research. Bridenstine, a climate denier who serves on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, plans to introduce a bill that defunds climate change research.

“Even climate change alarmists admit the number of hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the number of tornado touchdowns have been on a slow decline for over 100 years,” Bridenstine said on the House floor Tuesday, according to Raw Story. “But here is what we absolutely know. We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm Gulf air, and we also know that this President spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the President’s apology and I intend to submit legislation to fix this.”

Here is what Director of the National Climatic Data Center Tom Karl had to say about hurricanes, tornadoes, and climate change in 2011: “What we can say with confidence is that heavy and extreme precipitation events often associated with thunderstorms and convection are increasing and have been linked to human-induced changes in atmospheric composition.” Meanwhile, climate scientists are in near universal agreement that climate change is driven by human activity.

Bridenstine also recently accused Obama of “dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness” in an unhinged speech on the House floor.

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72 Responses to Congressman Demands Obama Apologize To Oklahoma For Investing In Climate Change Research

  1. katy says:

    “… this President spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation…”

    um… i recall a certain (R) who proposed eliminating (?) the national weather service? and he was found to have link to AccuWeather, i think… was it Cantor?

  2. Raul M. says:

    Even acuweather knows that having that weather satellite back on line is a big deal as we enter storm season. He must be announcing the return of the satellite in some variable way.

  3. NCCaniac42 says:

    Please tell me how these ‘climate change deniers’ get on the GD Science and Technology committees. No wonder we are decades behind the rest of the civilized/educated world when it comes to green technology.

  4. Zimzone says:

    Denial is the Republicans’ middle name.
    Given the recent destruction & death in his State by extreme weather, this dude is a prime example of conservative denialism at it’s worst.

  5. Marie says:

    I want to hear him demanding this when he is in his house being blown over the state of Oklahoma.

  6. DidITweetThat says:

    You can’t fix stupid.

  7. Jay Dee Are says:

    He should apologize to Oklahoma for fiddling while Oklahoma cooks.

  8. Partygnome says:

    The stupid!!!! It BURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. robklint says:

    The problem is that Tom Karl, the director of the National Climatic Data Center, used this phrase, “human-induced changes in atmospheric composition”, and Bridenstine couldn’t understand those poly-syllabic words. Intelligent scientists need to learn to speak in simplistic language so our law-makers can understand them……………..cuz this Bridenstine certainly appears to be a dull tool in the wood shed if he doesn’t think that climate change is not only inevitable but occurring and evident.

  10. facts lean left says:

    Just another ignorant, dangerously stupid teabagger. Put gitmo to real use: send all of these as*holes there, forever.

  11. Glenn says:

    Besides Koch Industries, what other fosil fuel companies are lining Bridenstine’s pockets?

  12. Don Langston says:

    I apologize for subjecting our country to the astonishingly looney tunes legislators my fellow Oklahomans have elected.

  13. Paul magnus says:

    We are living in a fairy tale world

  14. Mick says:

    You know the President ought to apologize to Oklahoma. Not for pushing for funding on research on climate change, but apologize for Oklahoma electing idiots like Bridenstone.

  15. Carole Leigh Ingram says:

    Who ARE these people and how do they get elected and, furthermore, appointed to the Science Committee?

  16. Lisa S. says:

    This fellow is wackadoodle and Oklahoma voted him in. I guess they deserve him!

  17. Claude Wharton says:

    These knuckleheads of the American Right,just criticise President Obama, because..They do not examine his proposals in the spirit of Helpful Critique. Their Racism is so putrid, one wonders about the level of their education. Are they all Kindergarten Dropouts.. Unbelievable

  18. LoveJones says:

    I know! It totally blows my MIND that the people on these committees are completely archaic and backwards in their thinking! Why aren’t our nation’s brightest minds serving on these committees instead of these ignoramuses??

  19. SecularAnimist says:

    Another day, another ridiculous pack of lies from a bought-and-paid-for stooge of the fossil fuel corporations.

  20. humanistJohn420 says:

    Is it possible for republicans to use truth and facts when they speak or have they all forgotten how?

  21. Lifesart says:

    How stupid do you have to be to be elected to Congress from the state of Oklahoma? His head must be screwed on backwards!

  22. Rose says:

    Another Republican idiot who doesn’t have a clue about what he’s the issues… just another opportunity to bash the President! Do these fools even think about what they are saying? What’s increasing obvious and sad, is that most actually believe their lies and propaganda!

  23. Rose says:

    (about any of the issues) **

  24. sub-Pagan says:

    Oklahoma should apologize for electing this fool.

  25. ManInTheStreet says:

    Release the Cuckoosphere!

  26. Marie says:

    I think that was another brainchild, Rick Sanatorium.

  27. President Obama should apologize only when Senator Coburn apologizes for calling spending on Sandy a waste and for hating his citizens of Oklahoma.

  28. Willy Highpockets says:

    Those drugs we took in the 60’s did cause genetic defects. They’re showing up in Congress, elected by other mutants. It’s so unfortunate that the morning after pill came too late.

  29. Mary Branson says:

    When I read stupidity like this from Jim Brindenstine I am ashamed that I was born and reared in Oklahoma! This man is a small-minded fool.

  30. Joe says:

    Another moron in congress, what a surprise.

  31. LJL says:

    So this is the kind of genius that represents Oklahoma. They think it is horrible for America to study any weather science that dares contradict everlasting Tea-Jesus Truth. On the other hand these are the same folk who want us to lavish our FEMA money on them every time they get a little ordinary wind damage. I think they would be happier if we just let their Tea-God do to them whatever he wants.

  32. drklassen says:

    Yep, Rick Santorum.

    AccuWeather is a PA corporation.

  33. Theresa says:

    How proud the people in Oklahoma must be of this yodle they sent to represent them.

  34. Ken says:

    I thin I have found the root cause of the horrific tornadoes that have been causing so much damage in Ok. It’s that “Big Bag of a Blow Hard” they got in Congress that is busy denying climate change. If they get one of those big winds to blow thay “Blow Hard”, freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, out of the state and Congress they should see a marked drop in tornadoes.

  35. Michelle M says:

    Oklahoma is getting what it voted for.

  36. Tami Kennedy says:

    What do they feed their Congressional electees there? Both senators want FEMA recovery funds used in the state to be offset in the budget.

  37. Rich Orwell says:

    re: #1. Marie, not “Rick Sanatorium.” Rick Santorectum. I’ve been saying for years that Dubya broke the planet. Nobody listens.

  38. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    The answer to your question is that the leadership of both parties get to appoint committee memberships. The majority party gets the larger share, and also the chairmanship. Note that this is the same as the answer to the question: “How did Michelle Bachmann get on the House Intelligence Committee?” – an oxymoron of epic proportions.
    I’d also offer that the current day Republican Party can only choose committee memberships from their Tea Party heavy loony bin, but that is such an insult to actual loons.

  39. Stephanie Palmer says:

    I want to know when Oklahomans are going to pay back all that money they get from the Treasury that they don’t pay in taxes. Another right to work state, and the people don’t make enough to even pay for their own state functions. How about this guy apologizes to those of us who do pay taxes?

  40. Kristina says:

    This guy is bitching about climate research? How about you people remember that these senators didn’t want FEMA’s help with this disaster.

  41. Skiumah says:

    The rest of the country awaits Oklahoma’s apology for electing this drooling troglodyte to Congress.

  42. ScienceLibrarian says:

    I would be interested in how he would go about writing that bill. Researchers who study species or ecosystems are looking at their results and realizing the impacts of climate change are happening now, even if that wasn’t their original hypothesis. Unless his bill defunds all science research? I suppose that could be his goal.

  43. john says:

    This guy is as ignorant as they come. Maybe Obama isn’t they guy we voted for but at least he is sticking to his guns on global warming.

  44. Adrian Stewart says:


  45. John M. Burt says:

    Yep, Bridenstine on the Science committee is right in line with Bachmann on the Intelligence Committee. That was my first thought, too.
    Or, for that matter, Clarence Thomas getting to call himself “Justice” . . . .

  46. Citizen13 says:

    Oklahoma needs to apologize, profusely, to me and all of America, for the corrupt and ignorant representatives that they continue to send to Congress. No greater lobbyists for dirty fuels, no greater propagandists, costing us many lives annually and billions and billions of dollars and very possibly the future stability of our economy and society, walk the halls of Congress that those from Oklahoma. Gross corruption, negligence, deceit, violation of the oaths of office, undermining of the Constitution, and a complete selling-out of their apparently ignorant constituents.

  47. Peter Capen says:

    The voters of Oklahoma have no one to blame but themselves for the weather disasters they have been increasingly subjected to when they continue to vote for such fools to Congress. No matter how vociferous one’s denial of climate change, it will not go away. It only promises to get worse.

  48. catman306 says:

    Or rep Paul Broun (R-Ga) also on the House Science committee

  49. RailroadMike says:

    Please,Please, do not judge Okie’s by this crack pot in Oklahoma City. These people running our state government ie: “The Tea Party” are lackys for the KOCH’s and right wing of the GOP. When your fighting HART voting machines owned by Bain Capital,big money from corporations back East, it’s impossible to elected sane people in this state. Our new state motto should be, “The Reason WE’re All Here Becuase We Anit All There”.

  50. Pam says:

    OK – let him loose the roof of his house and things would be different. Let him propose to take OK out of the science regarding global warming – and the monies – and anything that would give the state any warnings. Then see if he would be reelected.

  51. Peter Sergienko says:

    Folks, it’s far worse than it looks at first glance. Rep Bridenstine earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, business and psychology from Rice and an MBA from Cornell. He is also a veteran (Navy fighter pilot) and a reserve Naval officer. This puts him well into the top of the elite of our society in terms of education and achievement. We’re not dealing with ignorance, stupidity, or lack of education. We’re dealing with deliberate misinformation and political gamesmanship on an issue that our existing systems for shared decision-making have failed woefully to address. So, it’s business as usual politics and, as we all know, business as usual on climate change means catastrophe.

  52. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Sweet! The asylum took over the inmate!

  53. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Thomas’ appointment was a calculated insult to the legacy of his great predecessor, Thurgood Marshall.

  54. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The current global infestation of Rightwing robopaths is the most malignant ever, particularly in the Anglosphere. They do not ‘think’- they react in a Pavlovian response to stimuli. They see someone who values human life and the continuance of our species more highly than fossil fuel profits (and their tiny cut thereof)and the saliva begins flowing. This drooling and the yapping and growling that accompany it presage attack, and they have sharp fangs, too. Canines not sufficiently rabid (‘self-hating conservatives’) are put down by their rich owners, ‘to encourage the others’. That way the pack grows ever more vicious and dangerous. The craziness is also intended to intimidate the human beings, and it certainly seems to be working.

  55. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Rightwingers do not believe in ‘Helpful’ anything. ‘Help themselves’, certainly, to as much as they can carry, but help others? It does not enter their minds.

  56. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    As our former, and best, PM, Gough Whitlam joked (no doubt inappropriately) when asked about abortion, (paraphrasing his words), ‘Yes I believe it should be the woman’s choice, and, in certain circumstances, should be performed retrospectively’.

  57. Endofmore says:

    Oklahoma is only hearing what it voted to hear
    They didnt vote to hear the truth

  58. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    Don, I defended your honor on another blog earlier today. A commenter had categorized Oklahoma as a former Confederate state. I, having seen the play, corrected his error, told him who the Sooners were, and when the land rush occurred.

    PS. My wife’s cousin is a researcher at OK State – weather, tornadoes, etc. He’s predicted hellish weather for us in Chicagoland starting this evening. He called Hurricane Sandy to a ‘T’, but was a bit fooled, as were most, by the Moore twister.

  59. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    Yes, thanks again Ronnie six-shooter!!!

    I wish I knew half as much about the history of OZ as you do about US. Beyond the Sundowners, On The Beach, the Melbourne Olympics, Waltzing Mathilda, The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda, The ANZACs and Gallipoli, and a devil named Taz (a Loony Tune I HAVE seen), that’s pretty much it. I know the Brits sent their criminals down under and their religious zealots to the Colonies. You seem to have gotten over your handicapped beginning pretty well – US, not so much.

  60. Jon says:


  61. Jon says:

    pardon the “Right Wing” reference, Endofmore, but “AMEN!”…

  62. BobbyL says:

    Same state that elected Senator James Imhofe, famous for his statement made on the Senate floor that global warming is a hoax so what else should we expect.

  63. SeaKat says:

    Another embarrassment to our (once) great nation.

  64. squidboy6 says:

    Oklahoman republicans refuse to mandate shelters for schools claiming it infringes on their freedom.

    The conditions that form tornados were predicted well in advance so where is the sense in this? There isn’t any. Obama is responsible for everything while they have none.

    My personal opinion is that this Summer will break records again and it will be more violent than last year.

  65. Robert In New Orleans says:

    Forty years from now, when tens (hundreds?) of thousands of climate refugees are living in relocation camps in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota will they remember the name Bridenstine?

  66. prokaryotes says:

    Record heat fuels destructive fires in drought-baked Colorado
    The N Hemisphere’s Atmospheric Circulation Has Collapsed Creating a Persistent Polar Cyclone

  67. Dennis Tomlinson says:

    Oklahoma gets back from the federal government $1.36 for every $1.00 paid. Illinois, for instance, gets $0.75 back for every $1.00 paid. Info on all 50:

  68. Lilarose1941 says:

    This coming from a state that gets monies for tornado shelters but spends it for swimming pools instead. How can we feel sorry for Oklahoma?

  69. smoothedward says:

    Comments like these from the Oklahoma Congressman are the reason I was conflicted about providing relief aid to Oklahoma after the recent devastating tornado. The people of Oklahoma will go ahead and re-elect this idiot, acting like children who need the protection of adults to counter their own self-destructive urges.

  70. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Watched The Sundowners the other night. A wonderful movie with Mitchum, as ever, terrific, and with a great bushie accent. We get saturated with US news, and the Thurgood Marshall to Clarence Thomas fiasco burned into my memory. Where is Anita Hill these days? And ‘Long Dong Silver’, if memory serves. Ah, salad days, when I was green.

  71. Doug says:

    Just when I think our government officials can’t get any more idiotic, along comes a dumbass like this to prove me wrong YET AGAIN.

    Remember, Oklahoma…you elected this jackass to represent you. You have the power to put him out of a job, as well.