James Inahoff is a U.S. Senator. He is also a climate change denier. He has claimed in the past that he is against the theory of anthropogenic global warming because the Bible says that it can’t happen. He explained this by quoting Genesis 8:22:
“…as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.”
His reasoning was that God has promised to keep the climate stable. There would be spring, winter and summer. If you read this verse carefully and accept his argument, you will quickly find that this “promise” was void as soon as it was given. Why? The area around the earth’s equator essentially has no seasons. The temperatures there are stable year round. Springtime, winter and summer are all the same. So much for seasons. This isn’t a small area either. The Torrid Zone, which is the area of earth around the equator and which has the same basic climate is over 126,000,000 sq. km. It also contains a large percentage of the world’s population.
As stupid as Senator Inahoff’s biblical based beliefs about why there can’t be anthropogenic global warming is, it is also a lie meant to justify the real reason the senator and others like him are against the theory of climate change. The climate deniers use the Bible to support their case in a cynical attempt to sway the majority of American’s who believe in the Bible.
The reason this explanation is a lie can be found in a statement by James Inahoff to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last month. When discussing global warming, the senator said,
“I was actually on your side of this issue when I was chairing that committee and I first heard about this. I thought it must be true until I found out what it cost.”
This is par for the course for the GOP and the religious right. They use the Bible to support the real reason they are against global warming; Money. Specifically, profits for corporations in which they have an a professional or financial interest. They apply the same tactic to other issued like , clean air initiatives, environmental conversation, or oil drilling, as well as social issues such as universal health care, welfare, school lunches, and student loans.
They use religion to support and pass legislation that is anti-science, anti-poor, anti-woman, and racist when the real reason they support these views is greed.
Jesus is quoted in their Bible as saying that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle that for a rich man to enter into heaven. I don’t hear them throwing that particular quote, or other’s like it, around very much. Their cynical use of the Bible to support their greed is nothing new, but it is having a dangerous and frightening effect upon society, and the very earth we live on.