David Hoyt

Facts are stubborn things. So said John Adams, and Senator Jim Inhofe agrees in his inaugural book, The Greatest Hoax. The title refers to the senator’s oft-cited proclamation that anthropogenic global warming is the “greatest hoax” ever perpetrated on the American people.

The Federal Reserve probably would give global warming a run for its money in that regard, but Inhofe’s point is well-taken: the greenies on the left are relentless in their pursuit of global control of everything related to the environment. Which is to say, everything.

For a book written by a politician, it is surprisingly long on facts and short on self-adulation. It features no less than 408 footnotes and a useful index. Inhofe’s penchant for research lends him credibility. As with any stark partisan, his credibility is maligned constantly by the opposition, so research serves him well. As Inhofe notes, environmentalism has become a religion, for some quite literally. And the personal attacks he describes go far beyond the pale.

It is a curious thing that a political movement, purportedly based on science, inspires such rancor. Inhofe ably makes the case that the science is not settled, which does not endear him to environmentalists. The green orthodoxy pursues apostates with a zeal on par with seventeenth century Massachusetts Puritans. Where is the removed, scientific objectivity? Clearly it is not afforded to people like Inhofe.

Inhofe maintains an admirable equanimity about the predictable name-calling and slander he’s endured, but one instance did raise his ire. During the 2010 DC-area snowstorm known as “Snowmageddon,” his daughter, Molly Rapert, and her family built an igloo outside the Smithsonian and labeled it “Al Gore’s new home.” They took a picture of it, and Inhofe put it on his webpage. Seeing this, someone interrupted Keith Olbermann’s daily séance to contact the spirit of Howard Zinn, and told him about the picture. Olbermann then labeled the Raperts the “Worst Family in the World” on air. Understandably, the entire Inhofe clan took great umbrage at those words, especially since they targeted children as well as adults.

Any thinking person, who has suffered through an hour of that slouching sack of pretense, before MSNBC had the mercy to cancel him, knows he is nothing more than a leftwing hatchet man. But even for a leftwing hatchet man, that is pretty low.

Admittedly, the debate over climate change should focus on data, not anecdotal evidence such as a day of snowfall. However, the priestly knights of the green temple get extra fussy on hot days, and Inhofe cites numerous examples of greenies arguing that a hot day is evidence of global warming.


David Hoyt

David Hoyt is Director of Development at Young Americans for Liberty.