Climate ENcounters: Kasich and Inhofe

over 3 years ago

Today, ClimateEye turns a creative mind toward the recent endorsement of Ohio Gov. John Kasich by famed climate change denier, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe. Did the issue of climate change arise during their key conversation that led to this public expression of support?

Again, the fine print: ClimateEye did not have a secret microphone recording the exchange, but we do have a vast collection of climate quotes from both guys. We imagine the Kasich-Inhofe climate conversation went a little bit like this:

Kasich: "We were created to be stewards of God's creation, and God's creation is the environment. And we have to take care of it. We can't worship it. If we worship it, that's called pantheism and that is a sin. We don't worship other things. But we should be good stewards."

Inhofe: "I take my religion seriously… this is what a lot of alarmists forget: God is still up there, and He promised to maintain the seasons and that cold and heat would never cease as long as the earth remains."

Kasich: "Human beings affect the climate. I know it's an apostasy in the Republican Party to say that."

Inhofe: "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."

Kasich: "I do believe we contribute to climate change, but I don't think it has to be either you are for some environmental stringent rules or you aren't going to have any jobs. The fact is you can have both."

Inhofe: "Thus far no one has seriously demonstrated any scientific proof that increased global temperatures would lead to the catastrophes predicted by alarmists. In fact, it appears that just the opposite is true: that increases in global temperatures may have a beneficial effect on how we live our lives."

Kasich: "Am I not a conservative because I think human beings affect the climate? I'm for the environment."

There's a snowball's chance on the Senate floor these two political leaders came together based on their climate change views.

Tune in to tomorrow's Climate ENcounters as Sen. Lindsey Graham bestows his endorsement on Sen. Ted Cruz.