Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) on Wednesday explained that Al Gore and the United Nations get most of the blame for what he called a global warming “hoax,” but filmmaker Michael Moore and billionaire George Soros deserved some credit too.
At a Environment and Public Works Committe on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Gina McCarthy to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that he wanted the agency to listen to scientists instead of climate change deniers like Inhofe and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).
“What Sen. Inhofe has written and talked about is his belief that global warming is one of the major hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people, that it’s a hoax pushed by people like Al Gore, the United Nations and the Hollywood elite,” Sanders told the committee.
“I think that is a fair quote from Sen. Inhofe. Is that roughly right, Sen. Inhofe?” Sanders asked the Oklahoma Republican.
“Yes,” Inhofe agreed. “I’d add to that list MoveOn.org, George Soros, Michael Moore and a few others.”
“That’s exactly the issue,” Sanders said, turning back to the committee. “Do we agree with Sen. Inhofe that global warming is a hoax and that we do not want the federal government, the EPA, the Department of Energy to address that issue? Because it is a — quote — unquote — hoax, according to Sen. Inhofe and others? Or do we believe and agree with the overwhelming majority of scientists who tell us that global warming is the most serious planetary crisis that we face, and that we must act boldly and aggressively to protect the future of this planet? That is what the issue is.”
Watch this video from C-SPAN, broadcast April 11, 2013.
(h/t: The Hill)