Colbert’s hilarious take on Inhofe taking over Senate Environment Committee

Stephen Colbert takes on the fact that lead climate-change-denier GOP Senator Jim Inhofe is taking over the US Senate Environment Committee.

This is probably one of the funniest Colbert segments ever, IMHO.

Colbert notes that the latest GOP talking point on climate change is “I’m not a scientist.” What’s interesting about it, in my view, is that the Republicans seem to be concerned that they need a good answer on climate change. Which is interesting, because I’d have thought they were winning this battle, and that they didn’t need any special messaging. In fact, they think they do.


This may have to do with the overall GOP concern about losing the youth vote — and still losing those youth as they grow up and become adults. This way, the Republicans “sound” moderate, even if they’re not. It’s a tried and true tactic of the GOP. They don’t change their policies in order to be more in line with the electorate, they change their spin — in other words, they lie, and hope you’re not smart enough to catch them in it.

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14 Responses to “Colbert’s hilarious take on Inhofe taking over Senate Environment Committee”

  1. StealthVoter says:

    John, I wish you would put your excellent activist and journalism skills to good use and get to the bottom of the real story about global warming. As Deep Throat said in Watergate, “follow the money.”

    The few salient points I am aware of are:

    * One of the main tools that was presented for dealing with global warming is carbon credit trading.
    * Enron invented carbon credit trading.
    * After inventing it, Enron heavily lobbied the Clinton/Gore White House to regular CO2.
    * Subsequently, Al Gore made almost $100 million in the carbon trading business.
    * Enron executives also had a policy of identifying the latest Greenpeace fads and exploiting them.

    I believe that in the late 80’s/early 90’s there may have been some scientific evidence that suggested the possibility of global warming, so Enron took that and ran with it. Once there was big money behind it, and in it, the government/Wall Street coalition could not afford to have any other scientific theories (such as sunspot-related cooling) see the light of day.

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  3. Badgerite says:

    Like the man said, you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time and this election proves it.

  4. Ty Morgan says:

    “When politicians say “I’m not a scientist,” it is an exasperating evasion. It’s a cowardly way to avoid answering basic and important policy questions. This response raises lots of other important questions about their decision-making processes. Do they have opinions on how to best maintain our nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels—or do they not because they’re not civil engineers? Do they refuse to talk about agriculture policy on the grounds that they’re not farmers? How do they think we should be addressing the threat of ISIS? They wouldn’t know, of course; they’re not military generals.”

  5. Butch1 says:

    That was the person I couldn’t remember, thanks.

  6. Naja pallida says:

    They pay people like Frank Luntz millions to come up with weasel ways to dupe the American public. Groups like the Heritage Foundation and ALEC have entire departments dedicated to coming up with ways to keep scores of useful idiots voting Republican by simply rephrasing reality. And a plurality of stupid people keep falling for it.

  7. Butch1 says:

    That or the PhD who was doing polling opinion questions asking groups questions after debates. I can’t remember his name. The republicans hire him to teach them clever euphemistic words to use.

  8. Funky Bluester says:

    All roads lead to ALEC.

  9. Butch1 says:

    I wonder who gave them their “talking points?” ;- Once they get them they all repeat them verbatim.

  10. keirmeister says:

    I’m not a scientist or a doctor, but an IUD is an abortifacient.

  11. Don Chandler says:

    “Anywhere from no impact at all to 100%” — Just curious, has anyone predicted that Texas was going to be under water? No, it’s under the influence.

  12. FTC says:

    Unfortunately there will be little to laugh about when he does take over. We’re already behind the curve on environmental problems. Inhofe will do everything in his power to send us further back.

  13. Naja pallida says:

    Republicans keep parroting the “I’m not a scientist.”, but then they refuse to allow the scientists to advise them, or even have any input. So really, it’s nothing more than meaningless nonsense so they have something to say to avoid having to admit what they know to be true, but don’t want to risk losing corporate donor money and lunatic votes by admitting in public.

  14. TomL says:

    A brilliant demonstration. “Oops, there goes Florida.”

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