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Dennis Rehberg: The Greatest Hoax

In a rare glimpse into the truth behind Dennis Rehberg’s senate campaign, Denny shared a microphone with notorious climate-change denier Senator James Inhofe in Billings on Monday. Inhofe is touring the country to promote his pro-coal agenda and his book calling climate change “The Greatest Hoax”. In Montana, Inhofe is acting as “the high pope of denial anointing candidates with the black mark of coal dust.”

Inhofe, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee famously,

repeated his frequent claim that human influenced climate change is impossible because “God’s still up there.” Inhofe cited Genesis 8:22 to claim that it is “outrageous” and arrogant for people to believe human beings are “able to change what He is doing in the climate.”

While Inhofe travels the country proclaiming the evangelic mantra of “clean coal” and the denial of science, his home state of “Oklahoma – recently suffered its hottest summer on record, with July 2011 “becoming the hottest month for any state on record,” and heat-related damages to the state’s agricultural economy coming in at roughly $2 billion.”

The denialist pair repeated the Rehberg mantra that the Corette power plant near Billings was forced to close due to oppressive EPA regulations. However, earlier this month, David Hoffman, PPL spokesman, said that

“the Corette plant has been off line “a substantial period of time” this year because of the oversupply of power in the Northwest markets, including power from wind energy, and a flat or lower demand for electricity.” “The price for electricity is also low because natural gas is so cheap, Hoffman said.”

With profits of more than $1.5 billion in 2011 for Corette plant owner PPL, upgrading the plant would not have been a problem.

With both our Presidential candidates totally ignoring the reality of global warming during the campaign, the door is opened for climate denialists like Rehberg and Inhofe to promote their fantastical views of how our environment works. The reality for coal-fired power plants has been the closure of more than 200 plants across the country due to the glut of natural gas and attendant low prices.

…drillers punched so many holes and extracted so much gas through hydraulic fracturing that they have driven the price of natural gas to near-record lows. And because of the intricate financial deals and leasing arrangements that many of them struck during the boom, they were unable to pull their foot off the accelerator fast enough to avoid a crash in the price of natural gas, which is down more than 60 percent since the summer of 2008.

Following his Montana back-slapping stop for Rehberg, Inhofe will be campaigning in Missouri next week for “legitimate rape” candidate and true coal believer, Todd Akin. Nuff said…

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