Sunday, March 11, 2012

What Genesis Tells Us about Global Warming

In an interview promoting his book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) explains to us what the Bible has to say about global warming:

"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."

First off, I couldn't see myself inferring anything about global warming from this verse even if I were a biblical literalist. And what is truly arrogant is the willingness of climate change skeptics to downplay or ignore the testimony of those who have actually specialized in this subject; the vast majority (82%) of earth scientists are of the view that human activity has significantly contributed to rising global temperatures.

Moreover, it may be considered noteworthy that Inhofe was, among all senators, the fifth biggest recipient of campaign contributions from the oil and gas sector in the 2008 electoral cycle.