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Everyone's favorite climate change denying senator is at it again--but this time he's taken anti-science views further then even most die hard skeptics would be willing to do. He flat-out announced, on the floor of Congress, that oil and gas don't cause pollution. As in, the idea that burning oil and gas causes any pollution at all--not just carbon emissions--is a myth. You simply have to see it to believe it. Video after the jump.And here's Inhofe in all his glory, taking climate change denial to brand new lows:
Here's the transcript, courtesy of Climate Progress:
People complain that we are buying — importing from the Middle East — oil and gas. And then they find out that we have it all right here. We don't have to do that. If their argument there is "Well, we don't want to use oil and gas because we think it pollutes" — which it doesn't — but if that's their argument, then why are we willing to import it from Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East?First of all, if it were possible to ignore the glaring ridiculousness buried in the middle of that mess of an argument--which it's not--you'd find that the whole thing makes next to no sense. But focusing on the statement in question here: that oil and gas doesn't pollute. Pretty stunning, that--I mean, is it even worth taking the time to argument against? Does the man believe oil spills are an illusion? Has he ever set foot in an urban area? Observed an exhaust pipe of a car in motion?
I mean, this is bare bones, visible-to-the-naked-eye, indisputable stuff. Inhofe--were he not the most relentlessly pro-oil, anti-common sense senator currently seated--should know how absolutely absurd such a statement is. Even without consulting the massive body of evidence compiled over decades on the subject, which he'd likely wave away as another massive hoax "perpetrated on the American public."
I don't even want to what Inhofe thinks the effect of burning coal is.