California begs Senator @JimInhofe to “Please, throw some snowballs in our direction”
A simple fact: California is drying up. The snowpack is at record lows (which means less spring runoff). Farmers’ fields are brown, rather than green, even as irrigation wells are going deeper and deeper (and some farmers game system for big profits). Reservoirs are retreating even faster than glaciers. The situation is so serious that one can reasonably ask: Does California drying portend California dying?
At the same time, leading science observers like Republican Senator James Inhofe strive to cast doubt on the scientific consensus that the climate change is occurring and the planetary system is warming, that human is playing a significant role in driving this warming and that this warming creates risks for humanity.
Inhofe’s science engagement, more appropriately called science denial, had a famous incident last month: a snowball on the Senate floor. Simply put, that snowball means that it is ‘game over’ for climate scientists.
“It’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable.” Inhofe, who is also chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, then turned to his prop for a bit of “scientific analysis.”
“So,” he said, throwing the snowball to the sitting Senate president, “catch this.”
Yup, a snowball in the face truly disproves all the scientific basis for understanding climate change.
This is far from the first time that Inhofe has exploited the reality that winter exists and will continue to exist well for billions of years to come to assert that cold in his backyard somehow disproved the potential for a warming planet. In another famous incident, just a few years ago, Inhofe built an igloo with his grandchildren on the Mall referencing Vice President Gore. Ha … ha …
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