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Inhofe’s blustery tome is latest addition to the Senate bookshelf

Senator James Inhofe takes on “the greatest hoax.” (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Having a literary title or two under one’s belt is practically de rigeur in the upper chamber, and Inhofe’s contribution to the Senate library shelf, “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future” is pretty much what you’d expect, given its bombastic name. In it, the Oklahoma Republican goes after his favorite targets, including the United Nations, former vice president Al Gore, and the mainstream media.

He also offers the full story behind his family’s infamous construction of a snow igloo during the snowstorm that shut down Washington in the winter of 2010. To much media fanfare, his visiting grandkids built the fort, then added signs reading “Al Gore’s new home” and “Honk if You Love Global Warming.”

More substantively, Inhofe also offers a full-throated defense of earmarks — a line not often heard from his conservative brethren — arguing that they are Congress’s way of controlling spending. Banning his much-maligned tool “simply sends the money to the Executive Branch,” he argues.

And we all know how that goes.

Book fever is apparently catching — Inhofe’s fellow Oklahoma Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, has a second book slated for next month. Its just-as-subtle title? “The Debt Bomb.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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