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4 Ways the New Top Environment Senator Disagrees With Science


This has me seriously worried about the climate movement.


Sen. Jim Inhofe is widely expected to take over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee now that Republicans have won control of the Senate, putting one of Washington’s most strident climate change deniers in charge of environmental policy.

In his 2012 book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, the Oklahoma Republican argued that climate change science has been manufactured by liberals to scare the American public, push through anti-business regulations and sell newspapers, and that humans should do nothing to regulate greenhouse gases.

Problem is, Inhofe’s opinions are deeply at odds with the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, both in the U.S. and abroad. Here’s just a few ways how.

Human activity

Inhofe: The Senator says hundreds of scientists dispute the idea that global warming is the result of human activity.

Science: 97% of international scientists working in fields related…

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Author: Kathy/Dede

Kathy Jetnil Kijiner is a Marshallese poet and activist. Her writing highlights the traumas of colonialism, racism, forced migration, the legacy of American nuclear testing, and the impending threats of climate change. Bearing witness at the front lines of various activist movements inspires her work and has propelled her poetry onto international stages. She has performed her poetry in front of audiences ranging from elementary school students to most recently over a hundred world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit, where she performed a poem to her daughter, "Dear Matafele Peinam". Currently she lives and works in the Marshall Islands, where she teaches Pacific studies courses full time at the College of the Marshall Islands. She is also Co-Director of the youth environmentalist non-profit Jo-Jikum, which empowers youth by educating them on the importance of environmentalism and mobilizing them to work toward solutions for environmentalist issues. Check out their website: www.jojikum.org

3 thoughts on “4 Ways the New Top Environment Senator Disagrees With Science

  1. Hi Kathy,

    I wrote to you a while ago, but wanted to try again, to see if you would be interested in being a contributor for a book with Dr. Barbara Royal (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-e-royal-dvm/) . We are asking prominent environmental and animal advocates 3 questions about what issue gets them out of bed. It is our hope that our readers will be moved and inspired by our contributors answers, to work towards positive change for the planet, both on a local and global scale. Of course you would be a wonderful asset to the book and so I am boldly asking if you would consider contributing. I’d be happy to send you a synopsis and a list of some of our contributors so far if that would help.

    I am attaching a synopsis, bios and sample page layout for you to peruse.

    thank you for your great inspirational work Kathy,

    regards, Natasha

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