When it comes to his insistence that man-made climate change is not real, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has no apologies. When it comes to how and why man-made climate change is an issue, he takes no prisoners.

Inhofe’s new book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, could be considered the polar opposite of Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

The bulk of the book deals with what Inhofe, who will sign copies Friday at Full Circle Bookstore, characterizes as the intentional misleading of the public by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Most climatologists believe that increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activity has led to climate change. However, Inhofe said a large number of scientists disagree with that conclusion.

“There are scientists who believe this. I think there are more who don’t,” Inhofe told Oklahoma Gazette. “The science is split. What is not split on this is the economics.”

The motive behind the hoax? To undermine the U.S. and allow the U.N. more autonomy and power, which it would use to redistribute wealth between rich and poor nations.

The Earth goes through natural cycles of cooling and heating, Inhofe said.

“How arrogant is it to think that we are so powerful that we could impact the climate?” Inhofe asked. “I have to agree with the scientists who know: It’s a pretty arrogant thought.”

If the conditions of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce emissions were enacted, Inhofe said, manufacturers would flee to countries with lower emission standards, such as India and China.

“Even if you believe in man-made global warming … even if we pass this huge tax increase on the American people, it is not going to lower the emissions of CO2,” Inhofe said.

Inhofe said he began writing the book after federal cap-and-trade legislation was introduced to combat climate change. All of those measures failed and he shelved the book, he said, until the Environmental Protection Agency began making moves to enforce carbon emission standards through regulation, rather than legislation.
Inhofe said that while the would-be legislation sought to regulate entities with more than 250,000 tons of annual carbon emissions, the EPA regulations would fall under the Clean Air Act and would affect entities emitting more than 250 tons of greenhouse gases each year.

“That’s every church, every school, every hospital, which would come under regulation, so the cost of that would be much more,” Inhofe said.

One area of the book that strays slightly from the thesis is a chapter defending the use of earmarks in Congress.
Inhofe said he believes House Republicans made a huge mistake when they put a one-year moratorium on earmarks, and that doing so cedes to the executive branch Congress’ constitutional authority over the government’s purse strings.

“I’m the only conservative Republican who takes on this earmark moratorium for what it really is. All of the members know it, but they love to demagogue it,” Inhofe said.

On the issue of man-made global warming, Inhofe said he believe there is no scientific consensus on the matter.
“This is so consistent with the patterns of recorded history,” Inhofe said. “I think it would be difficult to change my mind.”

Inhofe photo by Mark Hancock

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