Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma scoffed at suggestions by some liberals that climate change is partly to blame for the deadly tornadoes that tore through his state last week, saying they “do a great disservice to those who have experienced this tragedy.”
In an interview posted Tuesday on the conservative Newsmax website, the Republican senator accused “the liberal media” of “trying to exploit a tragedy to advance and expand its own agenda.” He added; “believe me, the victims all know this.”
But Mr. Inhofe pointed out Oklahoma’s long history of deadly tornadoes, and that tornadoes of all sizes cause tragedies.
“We were being hit by tornadoes long before anyone talked about climate change, and even before it was called ‘global cooling,’ before it became ‘global warming,’ and then ‘climate change,’” Mr. Inhofe told Newsmax. “The same thing that happened last week happened 14 years ago, 25 years ago, and 30 years ago.”