Wednesday, December 24, 2008

David Shuster Grills Senator Inhofe

David Shuster of MSNBC should have his own show. Yesterday he interviewed Senator James Inhofe (a total whack job Repuglican from Oklahoma) who recently released a report citing “more than 650 international scientists” who back up his claims that manmade global warming is a hoax. If you don't know Inhofe, he once said that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

This list of scientists was a revision of his original compilation last year of 400 names earlier in the year. Upon close examination though the list fell completely apart. When real experts looked at the report they pointed out that many of the people Inhofe was citing had no background in climate science, and some actually “demanded to be taken off the list, since they didn’t disagree with the scientific consensus on climate change at all.

Since Inhofe basically got away with it he decided to release the report again and this time he cites 650 “experts.” However Inhofe’s new report doesn’t seem to be much better. than the last one.

One scientist Anja Eichler, is cited by Inhofe as believing that half of the earth’s warming is caused by the sun. She has come out and said that her work is being “misinterpreted” by Inhofe. The truth is that she believes the “Earth’s temperature does not change randomly — it changes when it is driven to do so by an external forcing.”

TNR’s Bradford Plumer also found others on this list new who appear to support the theory of manmade global warming.

Yesterday David Shuster had Senator Inhofe on to discuss his report, and he brought up the case of Anja Eichler. He pointed out all the problems with Inhofe's report, and at one point actually asked, “Senator, if there is a hoax, isn’t it this report of yours?”

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