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Chicken-Fried News: Baffling brainwashing

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Parents have to worry about a lot of things when it comes to what their kids are being taught. One state senator believes kids are actually being brainwashed, but it isn’t coming from school or TV.

In an interview with Poppy Harlow on CNN’s New Day, Sen. James Inhofe, a climate change skeptic who is also Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is creating propaganda and brainwashing America’s youth. The U.S. Senator from Oklahoma believes budget cuts will excise that arm of the agency. (He also has said previously that he believes climate change is a hoax.)

March 15, Bloomberg reported that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget plan would slash the EPA budget by 29.6 percent, from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion.

“We are going to take all this stuff that comes out of the EPA that is brainwashing our kids, that is propaganda, things that aren’t true, allegations,” Inhofe told Harlow.

When Harlow asked Inhofe to name specific examples of EPA propaganda or brainwashing tactics, he instead defended Scott Pruitt. Pruitt now heads the EPA (and also rejects the scientific consensus on climate change), and Inhofe argued that, as Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt sued oil and gas companies in addition to the EPA.

Chicken-Fried News isn’t exactly sure what any of that has to do with propaganda or brainwashing.

Anyway, in an interview on The Eric Metaxas Show last summer, Inhofe said he was one of the first to speak out against climate change — perhaps when he famously threw a snowball from the U.S. Senate floor and declared climate change a hoax. Then his granddaughter came home from school and refuted his claims.

How dare a child be so petulant!

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