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Gazette staff June 5th, 2013

It’s not news that U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, doesn’t believe in manmade climate change. It’s not news that Oklahoma is smack dab in Tornado Alley.

Credit: Brad Gregg

And it’s also not news that unity borne from tragedy eventually becomes political.

Still, the suggestion that climate change could have been a factor in the May 20 disaster certainly came as news to Inhofe. And bad news at that.

“The liberal media is trying to exploit a tragedy to advance and expand its own agenda. And, believe me, the victims all know this,” he told Newsmax last week.

The “liberal media” must refer to Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who, following the Oklahoma tornadoes, spitballed a heinous idea on the Senate floor: Maybe climate change should be taken into account when natural disasters hit some part of the country at least once a month.

In the Newsmax interview, Inhofe assured that tornadoes are simply seasonal beasts in Oklahoma.

Weather experts weighed in on The Huffington Post, saying there’s not enough evidence to correlate the frequency or strength of tornadoes with global warming.

So the connection is not strong with this one. Oh, but the political force is.

Maybe rebuilding from the rubble this time could mean both construction and conversation. Or constructive conversation, even.

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