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Not so hot

Gazette staff August 15th, 2012

For U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, there does appear to be one scientific principle — maybe the only one — that he appears to have taken to heart: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Credit: Brad Gregg

July was the hottest month in the U.S. since records began in 1895. Our fair state alone broke 64 heat records last month, which followed on the heels of Oklahoma’s warmest spring ever recorded, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

And the warning bells about climate change have been sounding louder. Koch-funded scientist Richard A. Muller penned a July 28 op-ed in The New York Times entitled, “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic,” which was closely followed by NASA scientist James E. Hansen’s assertion that, “for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change.”

But our senior senator is nothing if not a stubborn cuss. Inhofe restated on the Senate floor Aug. 1 that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” and, according to the Tulsa World, filed a bill seeking to end all federal funding for climate change research and activities.

Biologists might shudder but Newton would be proud.

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