Here's the YouTube clip of Sen. James Inhofe on CNN trying to defend his fringe science views with host Miles O'Brien. DeSmog readers will know that Inhofe has been on a recent tear with his “global warming is a hoax” message, and CNN's O'Brien hit back hard. O'Brien even has a clip of one of Inhofe's own Republican colleagues, Rep. Christopher Shays stating: “we have seen too much documentation to know that the world is getting warmer, we know that the ice shelves are melting and for him [Inhofe] to say otherwise just is like putting a bag over his head and not seeing it.”
One thing, about Inhofe you have to love is his ability to come up with outrageous sound bites. Check out the beginning of this clip where Inhofe states: “You [CNN's O'Brien] always smile, so many of these extermists out there, they're mad all the time, but you're not, you smile. In fact when you were cutting my guts out for two minutes last week, you smiled all the way through and I appreciate that.” With that quote, Inhofe has gone from simply being a Flat Earther, to just downright creepy.
O'Brien does a great job debunking Inhofe, just has to stay away from arguing the science and creating the appearance of a scientific debate, when there isn't.
Mark Jaccard is professor of sustainable energy at Simon Fraser University.
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