On his radio show this morning, conservative talker Bill Bennett hosted the most prominent global warming denier in Congress, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Opening up the conversation on the subject, Bennett declared, “I think you’ve prevailed on this.”
“I really believe it,” replied Inhofe, claiming that his opponents “won’t say global warming any more, they’re trying to say climate change.” He added that he thinks former Vice President Al Gore is “getting nervous” because, he claimed, “the science is totally changed.” Inhofe then claimed that more scientists are skeptical of climate change than those who believe in it:
INHOFE: So the science, the science is totally changed. It was the IPCC, those Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with the United Nations. But keep in mind, the only report you get from them is their summary for policy docs. And those are not scientists. There’s only 52 scientists that signed on to those, to that, as opposed to what? Some 650 who now have rebuked that.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Inhofe’s comments are loose with the facts. The 52 scientists he refers to prepared the 2007 IPCC report’s “Summary for Policymakers,” but the report itself was “a synthesis of thousands of scientific papers” and was built on the work of “2500 scientists over six years.” As for Inhofe’s discredited 650 skeptical “experts,” some of them actually support the theory of manmade global warming.
Further proving the fallacy of Inhofe’s claims, a survey of 3,146 earth scientists released earlier this week found that 90 percent believe that mean global temperatures have risen compared to pre-1800s levels and 82 percent believe that human activity has been a significant factor in changing mean global temperatures. Ninety-seven percent of climatologists said humans play a role.
INHOFE: You know, you and I are going to be talking about global warming, but one of the things you might want to keep in mind, is if you’re looking at, if our listeners out there throughout America are concerned about this $700 billion, well, at least that was a one shot deal. If you pass any of these cap and trades or any of the global warmings.
INHOFE: That’s gonna be about $300 billion every year, not just a one shot deal.
BENNETT: Right. Let’s talk about that. I have just one question as we’re sitting here, huddling together in the freezing winter of America.
BENNETT: What happened to this issue? I think you’ve prevailed on this. It’s awfully quiet.
INHOFE: I really believe it. Because right now, first of all, they won’t say global warming any more, they’re trying to say climate change. I have a thing, and I’d like to ask any of you, the skeptics out there listening to us who really would like to know more about this issue. I’ve given thirteen speeches on the Senate floor, averaging about an hour a piece. The last one was a week ago Monday. If they go to my website, if you don’t mind, I’d like to give it.
INHOFE: It’s Inhofe, spelled I N H O F E. Inhofe.senate.gov. Then you check on, “welcome Bill Bennett listeners.” And you’re going to see all the, you’ll see the speech I made, which is just the current science. I have in front of me just what’s happened this month in terms of the scientists that are coming over that used to be on the other side and have now become skeptics. And it’s overwhelming. The 650 scientists, and I quoted many of them, in fact, most of those are on my website. But I really think it’s important, first of all, for people to understand where the science is on this. Then understand where the money is. I mean, this whole thing started, like a lot of bad things in my narrow view, with the United Nations. And then of course Hollywood got ahold of it, and MoveOn.org and Barbara Streisand and George Soros and the rest of them. So, it became a huge money thing. You remember Congressman Richard Pombo, who was defeated in 06, by that group. They put between $4 and 7 million in a House race in the last month. They defeated him. And actually, they tried to do that with me too. But none the less, that’s one reason they have so much power is that’s where all the money is. You want huge contributions, that’s where you’re going to get it.
BENNETT: Well well, what is, give us an outline of the science. What we’ve learned, what we know can’t be defended any more.
INHOFE: Well, first of all, I’d like to go, and I’ve noticed the first time I made, I thought that Al Gore was getting nervous, was when I started mentioning to people that were his strongest supporters, Carl Alegra (sp?) in France. He walked through fire with Al Gore. He’s now a skeptic. He’s on our side. Aneer Samid (sp?) from Israel, David Bellamy from the UK, Reed Bryson and I started naming all these people that were leaders on the other side. They’re now clearly on our side. The one quote I’d like to use is Richard Lind’s in these MIT, I’ve done this on the floor because he brings Al Gore into it. This is a quote now, he said, “An extraordinary characteristic of Mr. Gore’s approach is to assidiously ignore the fact that the Earth and its climate are dynamic, they’re always changing, even without any external forcing. To treat all change as something to fear is simply bad enough, but to do so in order to exploit that fear is much worse.” And you notice right now, that one of the latest things that Bill Clinton’s involved in is this big Climate initiative that he has. Well, I kind of wonder if that has something to do with the report that come out on Al Gore, there are a lot of people listening to us now maybe feeling sorry for Al Gore, but don’t because his net worth went up from, the range of $1-2 million seven years ago to $100 million, according to the reports that came out that are very good. Well, I think that now you’ve got Bill Clinton wanting to get in on that.
INHOFE: So the science, the science is totally changed. It was the IPCC, those intergovernmental panel on climate change with the United Nations. But keep in mind, the only report you get from them is their summary for policy docs. And those are not scientists. There’s only 52 scientists that signed on to those, to that, as opposed to what? Some 650 who now have rebuked that. And one last thing on my check list that has to be said is on Gore’s science fiction film, every assertion that he’s made has been refuted. I’m talking about hurricanes, sea level rises, ice caps, polar bears, you know. So, the science has turned around, but the economics has not turned around. And that’s what we need to remind people. THat if you are offended by the Clinton/Gore tax increase of 1993, this would be a tax increase ten times that tax increase. So, we’re talking about big stuff here Bill.