On June 11, freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, took to the House floor to demand — nay, to demand! — that President Barack Obama apologize to Oklahomans for not spending more on weather research.
“This president spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the president’s apology, and I intend to submit legislation to fix this,” said the congressman.
A member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, he noted temperatures were warmer than they are today during the Medieval Warm Period and cooler during the Little Ice Age, times that Bridenstine pointed out were “long before cars, power plants or the Industrial Revolution.”
So there you have it: debate over. Curiously, there’s still no word on when we’re getting that White House apology.