Conservative Radio Host Agrees With Inhofe, Says "Hollywood Elite Liberals" Who Believe In Global Warming "Hate America"
There are two sides to the global warming "debate": those who agree with the vast majority of independent scientists, and those who agree with the vast majority of energy-industry supported scientists.
This morning on WABC radio, conservative host John Gambling told Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) that he was tired of "Hollywood elite liberals" who along with the mainstream media show how they "hate America" and "hate capitalism" by repeating claims by the vast majority of independent scientists regarding global warming.
Gambling's claim is ridiculous. It hopes to spur the "debate" by suggesting that people like former Vice President Al Gore are fringe liberals who are in cahoots with the media in order to scare people about global warming for personal gain. In fact, Gambling and Inhofe agreed that Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, was only created to get Gore into the White House.
What Gambling won't tell you, though, is that 19 climate experts gave An Inconvenient Truth a thumbs-up for conveying the broadly accepted science correctly.
Gambling and Inhofe also spout out inaccurate statements to back up their end of the "debate." For example, Inhofe said that the last 10 years have not been warmer than the 1930s. But NASA Director James Hansen said in January that “the five warmest years over the last century occurred in the last eight years.”
Inhofe, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, was on the show to tout a hearing, scheduled for today, that was designed to criticize media coverage of global warming. Inhofe has in the past called climate change the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."
Inhofe believes that whatever warming is occurring is coming from natural changes, rather than man-made emissions. He told Fox News Channel two weeks that the proof of this is, among other things, that "God's still up there" and warming is "due to the sun."
He told Gambling that scientists who believe in global warming are only in it for the money -- that they would not get grants by declaring that the warming is a natural occurrence and nothing to worry about.
It's an amazing claim. Essentially, in Inhofe's mind, every scientist is corrupt and lying, only interested in playing to the fears of a fringe liberal media and their Hollywood friends. To be blunt, it's delusional.
Regarding the claim that global warming is a natural occurence, with no ties to man-made emissions, the National Academy of Sciences has unequivocally concluded the opposite. "Human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming,” its report states.
That followed a 2001 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body which involves thousands of scientists from over 120 countries who develop detailed reports on climate change. Its report stated, “There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.”
We should all be thankful that Inhofe will soon lose his chairmanship, and non-partisan science can again be given its due.