Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) claims that lawmakers and ‘liberal media’ are exploiting the tornado that struck his home state last week.
The accusation stems from a speech made by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) over Memorial Day that called for more urgency is addressing climate change. Inhofe, who has long denied that global warming or any type of climate change exists, then spoke out against the senators and liberal media, claiming the timing of the speeches was to exploit the tornadoes.
"The liberal media is trying to exploit a tragedy to advance and expand its own agenda. And, believe me, the victims all know this," Inhofe said in an interview with Newsmax. "We were being hit by tornadoes long before anyone talked about climate change, and even before it was called 'global cooling,' before it became 'global warming,' and then 'climate change.'"
Whitehouse later apologized for the timing of the remarks, explaining they were prewritten and that he did not intend to suggest the tornadoes were because of global warming.
So far, to Inhofe’s credit, research has been unable to confirm a link between global warming and greater risk of tornadoes. To Inhofe’s discredit, however, are 97 percent of climatologists who agree global warming is real, and affecting the global climate.
According to Princeton University climate change expert Michael Oppenheimer, some scientists have speculated that rising temperatures may cause more frequent storms, such as the tornado that hit Oklahoma last week, but most are unsure and unwilling to go out on a limb until more research is done.