Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) recently appeared on the radio program "Voice of Christian Youth America," to discuss his new book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.
Speaking with interviewer Vic Eliason, Inhofe maintained that only God can change the climate, and for us to believe that our actions can alter the seasons is pure "arrogance." He said:
"...The Genesis 8:22 [verse] that I use in there is that 'as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.'
My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous."
Inhofe went on to criticize Richard Cizik, the former Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals, saying:
"...the smartest thing the activists did in trying to put their program through is try to get the evangelicals on their side, so they hired a guy named Cizik, and he had his picture in front of Vanity magazine dressed like Jesus walking on water. He has been exposed since then to be the liberal that he is....The other Scripture that I use quite frequently on this subject is Romans 1:25, 'They give up the truth about God for a lie and they worship God’s creation instead of God, who will be praised forever.’
In other words, they are trying to say we should worship the creation [instead of the Creator]. We were reminded back in Romans that this was going to happen and sure enough it’s happening."
Inhofe's statements on the Bible and global warming are predictably upsetting many on the left. Steve Bennen wrote on Rachel Maddow's The Maddow Blog:
"Obviously, the senator's spiritual beliefs are his business, but even a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis does not refute climate science. No one is arguing that temperature variation and seasons will simply disappear as a consequence of global warming...There's nothing in Scripture that tells us the evidence is wrong.
Incidentally, if Republicans claim the Senate majority in the 2012 elections, Inhofe will be the chairman of the Senate committee on the environment. That he believes the Bible debunks all of climate science is not exactly encouraging."
Watch Senator Inhofe tell Barbara Boxer that global warming is "over, it's gone, done, we won, you lost, get a life," below: