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Shuster Pushes Inhofe On Global Warming Skepticism: ‘If There Is A Hoax, Isn’t It This Report Of Yours?’

By Amanda Terkel  

"Shuster Pushes Inhofe On Global Warming Skepticism: ‘If There Is A Hoax, Isn’t It This Report Of Yours?’"

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Earlier this month, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) released a report citing “more than 650 international scientists” who back up his claims that manmade global warming is a hoax. This list was a revision of his original compilation of 400 names earlier in the year. That list fell apart, however, when experts pointed out that many of those people 1) had no background in climate science, or 2) “demanded to be taken off, since they didn’t disagree with the scientific consensus on climate change at all.”

Inhofe’s new report with 650 “expertsdoesn’t seem to be much better. Anja Eichler, one of the scientists cited by Inhofe as believing that half of the earth’s warming is caused by the sun, said that her work was “misinterpreted”; in fact, she believes that “Earth’s temperature does not change randomly — it changes when it is driven to do so by an external forcing.” TNR’s Bradford Plumer also found others on this list new who appear to support the theory of manmade global warming.

Yesterday on MSNBC, David Shuster grilled Inhofe on his report, bringing up the case of Eichler. After pointing out all the problems with the report, Shuster asked, “Senator, if there is a hoax, isn’t it this report of yours?” Inhofe continued to dig in his heels, insisting that the “majority” still agreed with him:

INHOFE: Let’s assume that you believe that CO2 caused, as you obviously do, causes…

(CROSSTALK)

SHUSTER: Well, and as those scientists that you cited, they believe it. But go ahead.

INHOFE: No, the scientists do not believe it. The majority of them do not believe it. [...]

SHUSTER: Go ahead. You get the last word.

INHOFE: If you could only come out with four names out of 650, I would say I’m probably right.

SHUSTER: Well, I can go through a whole — I can go through a lot more. We just don’t have time.

Watch it:

In 2003, Inhofe said that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” Despite all the facts piled against him, Inhofe stood behind his statement in October, and yesterday, again called global warming “ludicrous” and a “hoax.”

Transcript:

SHUSTER: All right. Let’s talk about global warming.

You’ve issued a report that cites 650 experts to back up the claim that global warming is either a hoax or that it’s not created by human activity. I’ve looked at the list and it includes engineers, geographers, economists, TV weathermen, none of whom have hardly any scientific expertise on climate change.

Furthermore, one of the theoretical physicists that you cite, a man by the name of Freeman Dyson (ph), he has suggested powering rocket ships by detonating nuclear bombs. So clearly Mr. Dyson (ph) doesn’t know anything about rocket science either.

Senator if there is a hoax, isn’t it this report of yours?

INHOFE: No, it’s not. As a matter of fact, let’s look at what the issue really is, David.

It’s not, is there global warming? It’s our manmade gases, CO2, methane, anthropogenic gases the cause of global warming. And I believe that is a huge hoax, because now the scientific community has turned around and said it’s not.

And I’m not — all right, what about Claude Allegra (ph) in France, David Bellamy (ph) in the U.K., Nira Shaviv (ph) in Israel?

SHUSTER: Well, in one of those reports…

INHOFE: Those are top, respected…

SHUSTER: Sure. One of those reports you suggested looked at how much the sun is contributing to global warming. And it found that yes, while the sun was contributing to global warming, that in the industrial age, over the last 150 years, it has been CO2 that contributes the most to global warming, not the sun. And CO2, as you know, is a byproduct of industrial activity.

INHOFE: Well, see, I disagree with you. And when they come forward with something — and they’re going to try to do it again.

The last bill was the Warner/Lieberman bill. That would have been about a $350 billion tax increase for America. Now, here’s the problem. Let’s assume that you believe that CO2 caused, as you obviously do, causes…

(CROSSTALK)

SHUSTER: Well, and as those scientists that you cited, they believe it. But go ahead.

INHOFE: No, the scientists do not believe it. The majority of them do not believe it.

But let’s assume that that is true. If we unilaterally in America decide we’re going to have a cap in trade where we’re putting a heavy tax on Americans, all that would do is take our manufacturing base, send it over to places where they have no emission restraints, such as Mexico or China or India, and it’s going to have a net effect of increasing, not decreasing, CO2.

That’s how ludicrous this thing is. I was a believer at one time. Eight years ago…

(CROSSTALK)

SHUSTER: Look, Senator, you make a great point. And I think it’s a great policy debate about, do we want to put a cap in trade? But the fact of the matter is, when we talked to the scientists that you named, some of those scientists say that CO2 is the cause and that you’re misrepresenting their report. And a couple of them have said, hey, I don’t want to be part of Senator Inhofe’s list, and they’ve asked you to remove it and you haven’t.

But in any case, Senator…

INHOFE: Well, no. If you could only come…

SHUSTER: Go ahead. You get the last word.

INHOFE: If you could only come out with four names out of 650, I would say I’m probably right.

SHUSTER: Well, I can go through a whole — I can go through a lot more. We just don’t have time.

But Senator, you’re a good support to come on. I always appreciate having you on. Thanks for coming on tonight. And happy holidays.

INHOFE: Thank you, David.

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