Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

On climate-change policy, Noah is now more influential than NOAA

September of 2014 was the warmest September on the historical record.

The period from January to September of 2014 was tied with 1998 as the warmest such period on record.

And while official data from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) haven't been released yet for last month, climatologists John Christy and Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama report that global temperatures for October were again the warmest on record for the month, tied with October 2012. That puts 2014 on track to be the warmest year in recorded history, and makes you wonder about people who write nonsense like this.

Meanwhile, in Washington, climate-change denier James Inhofe of Oklahoma is about to become chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Inhofe calls climate change a hoax, a conspiracy and an affront to God, and points to the Bible, more specifically to God's promise to Noah in Genesis 8:22, as proof of his assertion:

“As long as the earth endures,

seedtime and harvest,

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

day and night

will never cease.”

According to Inhofe, that verse means that it is impossible for mankind to affect the planetary climate. And no, I am not kidding.

In addition, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he will do everything possible to dismantle power-plant regulations and other steps taken recently by the federal government to reduce carbon emissions, including making  large cuts to the enforcement budget of the Environmental Protection Agency. He says his top priority is "to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in."

I've said it before and will continue to do so: Our grandchildren are not going to be very happy with us.

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Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.