Global warming denier James Inhofe says the Environmental Protection Agency is "brainwashing our kids"

Inhofe praises Trump's budget, because it slashes the EPA's budget

Published March 16, 2017 4:48PM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma — a climate change denier who once proclaimed, "God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous." — told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday that Trump's plan will stop the EPA from "brainwashing" children.

"We're gonna take all this stuff that comes out of the EPA, that's brainwashing our kids, that's propaganda, things that aren't true, allegations," Inhofe said.

Prior to making those comments, Inhofe had praised the Clean Act Amendments as "very successful," arguing that "our air is cleaner, the pollution is down in spite of the fact that we drive twice as many miles."

Trump's new budget will eliminate funding for the Clean Power Plan (an Obama-era program) and all forms of climate change research and international climate change programs. Overall he is cutting EPA funding by 31 percent. This prompted John O'Grady, who leads the union representing EPA employees, to tell CNN that "the U.S. EPA is already on a starvation diet, with a bare-bones budget and staffing level. The administration's proposed budget will be akin to taking away the Agency's bread and water. How can this administration tell America that we will have clean air and clean water with a 25 percent reduction in U.S. EPA's budget?"

Trump's hostility toward the EPA's climate change positions, which he repeatedly discussed during his presidential campaign, became evident from the moment he took office and removed all climate change information from their website.


By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He specializes in covering science and history, and is particularly passionate about climate change, animal science, disability rights, plastic pollution and a wide range of political issues. He has interviewed many prominent figures (reflecting his diverse interests) including President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin (2002-present), comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2") and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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