Triple Pundit News Brief Washington DC – Senator James Inhofe (R) of Oklahoma, a long time global warming skeptic, seems to have taken his polemic in a new direction. In 2003, Inhofe shot to the front of the line among global warming naysayers with his now infamous speech on the Senate floor when he claimed: “The threat of catastrophic global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”
But in his speech on the Senate floor today, April 1, Inhofe surprised many of his fellow Senators by claiming the disappearance of the polar ice caps could possibly be attributed to “ice pirates from another solar system.” Inhofe offered no further explanation of his comment during the speech. But in a press conference following the Senate session, he promised to provide “credible evidence” from “reputable scientific sources” that space ships are stealing our ice caps for reasons “not understood at this time.” He also emphasized that his claims are consistent with his belief that climate change cannot be blamed on human activity.
Since his 2003 speech, Inhofe has made similar promises to provide what he calls “compelling new scientific evidence” that anthropogenic global warming is not threatening. In the past, Inhofe has relied upon scientific experts like novelist Michael Crichton to support his contention that: “We are in the midst of a natural warming trend that began about 1850, as we emerged from a 400 year cold spell known as the Little Ice Age.”
Inhofe has often repeated many of the standard contrarian arguments challenging the consensus view that the activity of human beings has had a discernible impact on the global climate. Most of Inhofe’s arguments have been debunked by mainstream scientists and chronicled on the pages of Triple Pundit and other reputable news sources. Many in his own party, including Senator John McCain (R) of Arizona, have even challenged his 2003 speech.
Those close to Inhofe cite his recent involvement with the Church of Scientology as one explanation for his latest comments. Scientologists believe that many problems here on Earth are the result of space aliens called “Body Thetans” who first came to this planet 75 million years ago on the Marcabian Invasion Fleet led by commander Xenu. L Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology called the invasion “the secrets of a disaster which resulted in the decay of life as we know it in this sector of the galaxy.”
Can ice cap decay be blamed on aliens from the Marcabian Invasion Fleet? Will Inhofe’s comments hold water? Or are they more in a long line of inflammatory and incorrect claims about the science of climate change? Triple Pundit has made repeated calls to Inhofe’s office and The Church of Scientology, but their spokespeople have declined to comment, respectfully.