Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor MORE (I-Vt.) said his colleague, Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeTop Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Austin, Milley to testify on Afghanistan withdrawal The Pentagon budget is already out of control: Some in Congress want to make it worse MORE (R-Okla.), is “dead and dangerously wrong” on his position that climate change is a hoax.
Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Sanders rebutted what he called "myths" espoused by Inhofe, the ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Sanders quoted Inhofe as having said climate change “is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” Sanders read other quotes from Inhofe saying humans have not contributed to global warming and that Inhofe belives the world is cooling.
"Many who take climate science seriously dismiss Sen. Inhofe. I believe that is a huge mistake," Sanders said. "For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows. And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress."
Sanders said he hopes Inhofe and fellow Republicans reconsider their position, and pointed out that 98 percent of scientists disagree with Inhofe’s views on global warming.
"The bottom line is that when Sen. Inhofe says global warming is a hoax, he is just dead wrong according to the vast majority of climate scientists," Sanders said.
Sanders said action to combat global warming and the effect humans have on the planet is needed now because extreme weather will eventually harm the economy and security of the country. He also pointed to record heat waves and droughts this year as evidence for his argument that global warming is real. Sanders said by changing the types of energy used in America, emissions causing the climate change could be reduced.
“It is time for Congress to get serious about global warming, and to work to transform our energy system,” Sanders said. “That starts by making sure that in this, the so-called greatest deliberative body, we deliberate with facts, not myths."