If there is anything more pathetic than one Senator making political hay out of a natural disaster, it is two.

We recently recounted that amidst the reports of the death and destruction caused by the tornado in Oklahoma on Monday, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave a speech that included references to Oklahoma twisters in a rant against Republicans challenging the theory of man-made global warming.

My junior senator, Barbara Boxer, Chair of Senate Environment & Public Works Committee) also took to the Senate floor and invoked the Oklahoma tornadoes in her speech on global warming (hat-tip, Anthony Watts).

“This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather. Not just hot weather. But extreme weather. When I had my hearings, when I had the gavel years ago. -It’s been a while – the scientists all agreed that what we’d start to see was extreme weather. And people looked at one another and said ‘what do you mean? It’s gonna get hot?’ Yeah, it’s gonna get hot. But you’re also going to see snow in the summer in some places. You’re gonna have terrible storms. You’re going to have tornados and all the rest. We need to protect our people. That’s our number one obligation and we have to deal with this threat that is upon us and that is gonna get worse and worse though the years.”

[Boxer] also plugged her own bill, cosponsored with Sen. Bernie Sanders that would put a tax on carbon. “Carbon could cost us the planet,” she said. “The least we could do is put a little charge on it so people move to clean energy.”

Interestingly, Whitehouse is now taking a page from the Obama Administration’s defense action template. After being strongly criticized for his appalling remarks, the senator now claims complete and total ignorance of the Oklahoma disaster.

“Tragically and unbeknownst to the senator at the time, a series of tornadoes were hitting Oklahoma at the same moment he gave his remarks,” the spokesman said. “Senator Whitehouse regrets the timing of his speech and offers his thoughts and prayers to the victims of yesterday’s storms and their families, and he stands ready to work with the senators from Oklahoma to assist them and their constituents in this time of need.”

I will simply point out the pertinent text from that speech: “When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover.”

Yeah, sure.

On “Watts Up With That“, Antony Watts has a poll asking readers for their opinion of the matter. It looks like informed people think his apology is as real as the science behind global warming.

Watts Poll


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