About three weeks after a deadly tornado slammed Oklahoma, one of the state's Republican congressmen, Jim Bridenstine, wants an apology from President Obama. Is Bridenstine upset about a possible misstep from FEMA? Was a promise not kept? Were locals snubbed in some way?
No, as it turns out, Bridenstine wants a presidential apology for a different reason entirely.
For those who can't watch clips online, the far-right lawmaker spoke from the House floor yesterday, repeating the climate deniers talking points, and pretending all of the recent scientific evidence doesn't exist.
"Even climate change alarmists admit the number of hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the number of tornado touchdowns have been on a slow decline for over 100 years."But here is what we absolutely know. We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm Gulf air, and we also know that this president spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the president's apology and I intend to submit legislation to fix this."
So, Bridenstine wants the president to apologize for investing in climate science, and doing so with more resources than are devoted to weather forecasting.
First, Bridenstine doesn't have to like reality, but reality is indifferent to his preferences.
Second, if Bridenstine wants to invest more in weather forecasting, I imagine Democrats would be amenable. He might want to check with his fellow Republicans, who disagree.
Third, Bridenstine is a member of the House Science Committee. Just saying.
And finally, according to Director of the National Climatic Data Center Tom Karl, "What we can say with confidence is that heavy and extreme precipitation events often associated with thunderstorms and convection are increasing and have been linked to human-induced changes in atmospheric composition."
If Bridenstine is waiting for an apology, I have a strong hunch he'll be waiting for a long time.