GOP senator: EPA ‘brainwashing our kids’

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is accusing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of releasing “propaganda” that is “brainwashing our kids.”

“We want to deliver the services. We ought to make things clean,” Inhofe said Thursday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“But we ought to take all this stuff that comes out of the EPA that’s brainwashing our kids, that is propaganda, things that aren’t true, allegations.” 

{mosads}The EPA is facing a budget cut of 31 percent under President Trump’s proposed federal budget blueprint. The budget blueprint provides $5.7 billion for the EPA, down from $8.3 billion. 

It “discontinues” $100 million in funding for several climate change programs within the agency, including enforcement for a major Obama-era climate regulation, climate change research and international climate change support.

Inhofe did during the CNN interview, however, describe Clean Air Act amendments as “very successful.”

“All these things have worked. Our air is cleaner, pollution is down,” he said.

In February of 2015, the Oklahoma Republican threw a snowball on the Senate floor to make a statement about climate change.

Inhofe used the snowball to argue against claims that the Earth’s temperature is rising due to greenhouse gas emissions.

“In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, do you know what this is?” Inhofe said to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who was presiding over the Senate’s debate, as he removed the snowball from a plastic bag. 

“It’s a snowball. And it’s just from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable.”

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