Tom Coburn Labels Himself a “Global Warming Denier”

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
National Journal
Add to Briefcase
Alex Brown
Aug. 27, 2013, 10:22 a.m.

Tom Coburn doesn’t deny that he’s in deni­al. The Ok­lahoma Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­or — who has pre­vi­ously called glob­al warm­ing sci­ence “crap” — de­scribed him­self Monday in terms an en­vir­on­ment­al­ist might use. “I am a glob­al warm­ing den­ier,” Coburn said, ac­cord­ing to the Tulsa World. “I don’t deny that.”

Even with that self-labeled monik­er, Coburn is un­likely to be­come green act­iv­ists’ most hated Ok­laho­man in the up­per cham­ber. Sen. Jim In­hofe — who has re­peatedly said hu­man activ­ity does not cause cli­mate change — has long been the go-to ex­ample of GOP “sci­ence deni­al.” In 2012, Sen. Eliza­beth War­ren, D-Mass., used In­hofe to at­tack then-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., not­ing that a GOP-con­trolled Sen­ate could put In­hofe in charge of the Sen­ate’s En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee. More re­cently, en­vir­on­ment­al­ists lashed out as Google — which has built an en­vir­on­ment­ally con­scious repu­ta­tion — for host­ing a fun­draiser to be­ne­fit In­hofe.

So how does Coburn ex­plain cli­mate change? It’s a nat­ur­al phe­nomen­on, he said, and it’s cur­rently lead­ing to a “mini-ice age.”


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.