Now that the Republicans control Congress for the next two years, what's in store for U.S. climate politics? Well, Keystone is the first order of business, and then probably a whole lot of bombast and theater, which many will find unappetizing:
Not good for science and sane politics, perhaps, but if you're a Democrat who cares about climate change and you are already looking ahead to 2016, there's a silver lining: You have the face of climate denialism in a top leadership spot, quoted often in the media, representing the Republican brand in Congress. And this is not your garden variety climate skepticism that nitpicks the science. We're talking all-in global conspiracy belief, infamously expressed, as The Hillrecently noted:
Inhofe has repeatedly called climate change a “hoax,” despite near universal agreement from the scientific community.
Indeed, as Phil Plait at Slatewrites, Inhofe "denies it [global warming] to levels that would make the frothiest conspiracy theorists shake their heads in wonder." If you're a money man like Tom Steyer hellbent on making climate change a wedge issue for Democrats, then you are happy to have Senator James Inhofe as the Republican face of climate change for the next two years. UPDATE: After the election, Time published a thorough piece on Inhofe's climate change views.