Drought and Wildfires Singe Inhofe’s Backyard

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.


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.