Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Senator Inhofe and Pope Urban VIII

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"when man-made global warming is totally debunked"

Senator Inhofe:
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.
There is no climate change because: the bible. All the scientific data pointing to global climate change is invalid because: the bible. Senator Inhofe believes that the bible is correct and science is wrong. That it is impossible for mankind to change the climate of this planet. I'm reminded of a similar discussion that took place 400 years ago between Pope Urban the VIII and Galileo Galilei. Galileo supported Copernicus' idea that the earth revolved around the sun. Most unfortunately, for Galileo the Catholic Church insisted the biblical model of the earth being the center of the solar system was the only "truth". The Catholic Church only had to point to the bible to refute both Copernicus and Galileo.
  "the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved."
 "the Lord set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved."
The calculations, observations and theories of Copernicus and Galileo were no match for biblical verses. Copernicus didn't publish his book until after he died, but the Catholic Church was able to get its hands on Galileo and the Church tried him for heresy.   Galileo was fortunate to escape execution and spent the remainder of his life under house arrest. 
Senator Inhofe has refuted all the global climate change evidence with one quote from the bible.  The senators 2000 year old book and his checkbook (over 1.3 million dollars from oil and gas contributors) is more reliable than thousands of scientists across the world.   Does the senator  also believe that the sun orbits the earth?  Would Senator Inhofe like to lock up all the heretical climate scientists also?  Would the senator burn all the books that show the earth rotating the sun.

Senator Inhofe is appearing Tuesday, March 13 on the Rachel Maddow Show.  I'll bet Ms. Maddow has some interesting questions for the senator.
From the Rachel Maddow show:
The good news is that the uncharacteristically exciting and consequential nature of the Alabama and Mississippi primaries means ramped-up and expanded coverage of those races tonight.   The bad news is that we therefore have to reschedule Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who had been slated for The Interview tonight, on the subject of his new book on global warming (or the lack thereof).
When the senator reschedules, I'll post it.
Part 1 of Rachel's interview with Senator Inhofe is here
Part 2

Senator Inhofe quotes are from the shameless start of Climategate.  Reliable news sources have retracted audacious claims and apologized.  Five seperate investigations were launched into climategate, not a single one of them found ANY merit to the outrageous charges of coverup, misleading or falsification of data.

Raymond Bradley, Director, Climate System Research Center, University of Massachusets
I hope that the media will devote as much attention to this comprehensive dismissal of the allegations as it did to promoting the hysteria surrounding the email theft in the first place. Will the Daily Telegraph now retract its claim that the emails revealed "the greatest scientific scandal of our age" and apologise unreservedly to Phil Jones? Will there now be a public inquiry about the erroneous, shallow and repetitive nonsense promulgated in the media over this affair?
If there is a scandal to be reported at all, it is this: the media stoked a controversy without properly investigating the issues, choosing to inflate trivialities to the level of an international scandal, without regard for the facts or individuals affected. This was a shameful chapter in the history of news reporting, and a lesson for those who are concerned about fair and honest communication with the public.
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