Dear Senator Inhofe,
I am writing you this letter to explain to you my furious discontent with your views on the environment, and the unacceptable position we are likely to give you. It is my opinion that you in no way belong as the Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which you will most likely obtain.
In a previous explanation you offered the argument that,
“Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’ My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”
This was quite a while ago, so I would be interested in knowing if your viewpoint has changed. (According to your website, inhofe.senate.gov, it does not appear that it has.) Either way, it is absolutely outrageous of you to put the future and safety of this nation, and the rest of the world for that matter, in the hands of such uncertainty, especially when there is such an overwhelming inflow of data to support global warming and show the negative impacts that it is having. Do not say that religion is certain, because you are wrong.
Religion is, by definition,
A belief is, by definition,believed;
As much as you believe–and I am in no way saying you are wrong–it is foolish to resist preventing irreversible consequences of environmental abuse from destroying this beautiful planet. Especially not when Isaiah 24:4-6 states that The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
It sounds like when the people ruin the Earth, which we are doing, they will pay for it. While you may not be around to witness it, your kids and grand-kids surely will. How can you continually reject policies that stand to better this nation on your own disregard? On what principle do you have to make these decisions, especially when there is so much to gain and so little to lose?
How can you be so ignorant as to say that,
“it’s also important to question whether global warming is even a problem for human existence. Thus far no one has seriously demonstrated any scientific proof that increased global temperatures would lead to the catastrophes predicted by alarmists. In fact, it appears that just the opposite is true: that increases in global temperatures may have a beneficial effect on how we live our lives”
What about the millions of people who live in the coastal areas that are expected to see rising waters wash away their homes? What about the consistently increasing number of people suffering from allergies and asthma due to high smog levels? What about those suffering from weather related injuries or deaths? What about those who are losing their water sources or crops due to severe weather? In 2011 there were 3,251 monthly weather records broken, which is astonishing considering that in 2012, an additional 3,527 records were broken. Weather occurrences such as heat waves, snow storms, tornadoes, droughts, etc. are ravaging the world and hurting the people that YOU were elected to protect. How can you justify all of this being worth a few extra sunny days to hang out by the pool? (Assuming you can afford to have one, or at least a membership to one, on your $175,000 salary. If not, maybe the oil companies can spot you.)
I don’t truly expect your views to change, especially considering your past denial and the nearly half-a-million dollars from oil industries donated to your 2008 campaign. (Source) I do, however, think you should know how frustrating it is to see such irresponsibility leading America. I will be sharing this letter with as many people I can, not to convince them of the existence of global warming–because most of them agree on that matter–but to spread word on the ridiculousness of this country’s leaders. It is a darn shame that you were re-elected, and my only regret is that I did not spread awareness sooner.
I do hope you will reply.
Phew, I am exhausted. Yes, I really did send that letter. This is in no way an attack on religion, as some of the biggest religious organizations are active environmentalists. This is a problem that we all need to acknowledge. It’s our responsibility as Earth dwellers to stand up and stop this madness. I encourage you to do something. Unfortunately, Inhofe is not likely to change his opinion. That’s okay though, because you can write your senator, spread the word, and fight this. That’s the privilege of living in a Democracy. Let’s make a change. The future is riding on our shoulders, after all.
Here is a captivating video from Senator Whitehouse in response to this ludicrousness.
AND, if you need anymore reason to take a stand, this little guy is cheering you on, he needs our help.