Now it's time for one of our regular features, it's the Clown Award, given as always for meritorious stupidity.
This week we have another case of someone I may have to disqualify from future awards because it's not fair to other aspirants because he is such an easy target.
But I haven't done that yet, so for now, the Big Red Nose goes again to the man with the world's most perfect middle name because he clearly has rocks in his head, Senator James Mountain - and yes, that really is his middle name - Inhofe.
Because of his mastery of clownishness, a single incident is not enough to earn him this week's award. So I submit to you the following three examples, all within the past few weeks.
First off, in an Earth Day op-ed, Senator RocksInHisHead - who, sadly, chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee;
Senator RocksInHisHead, who says global warming is "the greatest hoax" and "a conspiracy" because, pretty much, the Bible says so;
Senator RocksInHisHead, who not long ago brought a snowball onto the Senate floor, apparently imagining the fact that it snowed in Washington, DC, in the winter disproves global warming;
in an Earth Day op-ed, Senator RocksInHisHead insisted that Mr. O's climate action plan - the one intended to deal with the climate change Rocky claims doesn’t exist - should push nuclear power because otherwise it doesn't do enough to reduce carbon emissions. In support, he actually favorably quoted James Hansen, the former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and whose Congressional testimony in 1988 brought global warming to public awareness, as saying we need to use nuclear power to fight global warming.
He followed up by saying that as his legacy, Obama
wants total gun control, he wants to close Gitmo, and then of course, this is the big thing, he wants to do away with fossil fuels.Oddly enough, Rocky seems to think those are all bad things.
And finally, just last week, apparently having already forgotten what he wrote just a couple of weeks before about how we should support nukes on the claim that they are "carbon-free" (which they're not, by the way, they are just less carbon-intensive), Rocky went on a rambling rant on the Senate floor against cutting the very emissions the nukes were going to save us from because, he said, "CO2 is a fertilizer" so the increase, which just hit a record level as a world-wide average, is "greening the planet."
Greening the planet - even as it melts glaciers and threatens to inundate low-lying coastlines while leaving California dying of thirst.
Which makes James Inhofe the kind of person who would come to your home after your house got washed away in a flood and grouse that you weren't celebrating the fact that you wouldn't have to water your lawn for some time.
Sen. James RocksInHisHead Inhofe: indisputably a clown.
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