Only in America could a man who demanded the Justice Department to investigate the Climate Change "Hoax" could be head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Ever since he became a US Senator in 1994, Jim Inhofe has been among the most prominent climate-change sceptics in Washington. The Oklahoma Republican, who turns 80 next week, once compared the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Gestapo.
Now, the man who also compared the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to “a Soviet-style trial, in which ideological purity trumps technical and scientific rigour”, is in line for one of the most important environmental jobs in Congress.
After last week’s midterm elections handed them control of the Senate, Republicans will also take a majority stake in each of the Senate’s specialist committees. Thus, in January, Senator Inhofe is set to become the new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, giving him a firm grip on US environmental policy.
This is akin to putting a KKK member in charge of Civil Rights in America. And if you thought you'd heard it all before, here's Inhofe channeling his inner Pat Robertson.
In 2012, while publicising his own book on a radio talk show, Senator Inhofe quoted the Bible (Genesis 8:22) to support his thesis. “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,” he said.
Yes, God would never let mankind change anything he's doing. See, God must have wanted Hitler and Stalin to be in power and al-Qaeda to succeed in the 9/11 tragedy. That makes perfect sense, doesn't it?
And what's Inhofe's take on the new deal President Obama struck with China? Yes, you got it right. He called it a "hoax."