The Senate's most prominent climate change skeptic, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), called in to Mike Huckabee's radio show on Monday to discuss conspiracy theories on global warming and the Obama administration's plans to deal with it.
In the segment, both Inhofe and Huckabee accuse the Obama administration and Organizing for Action -- the nonprofit created out of the Obama campaign to stump for the president's agenda -- of violating federal law in their push to combat climate change. Inhofe has called for an investigation into whether the administration is coordinating with OFA on political activities in violation of the Hatch Act. He claims that because the Environmental Protection Agency is working on climate rules and OFA is working to promote climate action, there must be some manner of illegal interaction.
Last week OFA delivered "Climate Denier Awards" in the shape of unicorns to members of Congress. Inhofe was on the list.
- "We go through these 30-year cycles." (The planet doesn't warm on its own; something has to force it, and scientists have found that the current warming is being driven by the build-up of human-produced greenhouse gases.)
- "When I was in college, all the literature at that time from the scientific community said that we were going to freeze to death." (No, it didn't.)
Back when he was running in the 2007 Republican presidential primary, Huckabee was much more open to the idea that climate change was an issue that needed to be addressed. He supported a cap-and-trade plan to cut emissions before flipping his position a few years later.