Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Senators slam Pentagon officials Generals contradict Biden, say they advised leaving troops in Afghanistan LIVE COVERAGE: Senators press military leaders on Afghanistan MORE says school children are being “brainwashed” into believing in climate change and that parents need to “un-brainwash” them.
Inhofe, an outspoken climate change skeptic and chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said he came to the realization when his granddaughter challenged him on his denial of the science behind global warming.
“Our kids are being brainwashed,” the Oklahoma Republican told conservative radio host Eric Metaxas on a recent appearance reported by the liberal blog Right Wing Watch.
“My own granddaughter came home one day and said … ‘Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming?’ I did some checking, and Eric, the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, they are brainwashed — you have to un-brainwash them when they get out,” Inhofe said.
Inhofe has made a name for himself nationally for doubting the scientific consensus that the climate is changing and human activity through greenhouse gas emissions is the principal cause.
He threw a snowball on the Senate floor in early 2015 to protest President Obama’s positions on climate change.
He wrote a book in 2012 declaring climate change the “greatest hoax” perpetrated on humanity and has fought hard against nearly every Democratic policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.