Environment

One U.S. Senator Thinks Barbra Streisand is Behind a Huge Conspiracy...

Well, he's at it again. As we've covered, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe has developed quite the routine over climate change. If only the Oklahoma Republican were a stand-up comic and not the most powerful Senator on environmental issues. His latest was told to Mother Jones' David Corn. Inhofe, as we've reported, thinks climate change is a hoax. When Corn asked him about who is behind the hoax, he said it was liberals in Hollywood and radical environmentalists. (That's been his standard answer.)

But who specifically in Hollywood, Corn asked.

"Barbra Streisand, he responded."

There it is! We finally know the identity of the chief conspirator. And it turns out she can carry a tune and is married to James Brolin.

Streisand even issued a statement after she heard about this accusation:

"This would be hilarious if it weren't so frightening," Streisand said. "I thank Sen. Inhofe for singling me out as a voice against the perils of climate change! But I'm just a small part of millions of voices, who are informed and alarmed, including 97% of all climate scientists! God help us! This man is going to head the Committee on the Environment in the United States Senate. It’s like giving a fox the keys to the chicken coop."

Or as Stephen Colbert put it last month: "You don't have to worry about global warming anymore. Because the Senate won't."

As Streisand pointed out, Inhofe will become the Senate's leader on environmental issues -- a man who literally wrote a book arguing that climate change is a hoax. In that book, according to Corn, Inhofe named John Travolta and Leonardo DiCaprio as puppeteers behind the climate change conspiracy.

Inhofe Book
Let's look at some of Inhofe's other greatest hits:

  • His basic thesis: "With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science, could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people? It sure sounds like it.''
  • According to Inhofe, the United Nations has created climate change to destroy the U.S. economy. Or as Inhofe put it, "shut down the machine called America." 
  • He's also identified the Weather Channel as pulling the strings of this hoax. "I mean, what would happen to the Weather Channel's ratings if all the sudden people weren't scared anymore?"
  • Climate change cannot be real, Inhofe argued, "because God's still up there." "[T]he arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what [God] is doing in the climate, to me, is outrageous." His evidence for this belief is Genesis 8:22.

In other news, 2014 will be the hottest year on record. And scientists recently reported that it may soon be impossible to prevent the global temperature from rising 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, the level at which we will be doomed to "drought, food and water shortages, melting ice sheets, shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels and widespread flooding," reported the New York Times.