Barbra Streisand is squaring off over global warming against Sen. James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma and one of the most outspoken climate deniers in Congress.
Streisand took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to comments Inhofe reportedly made in 2009 on the sidelines of United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen.
According to Mother Jones, Inhofe said at the time that the actress and singer—along with the "whole liberal crowd"—had spread misinformation about climate change. The senator has long argued that man-made global warming is a hoax.
Streisand shot back:
This wld be hilarious if it weren’t so frightening. I thank Sen Inhofe for singling me out as a voice against the perils of climate change— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) December 3, 2014
The actress also cast a critical eye on the fact that Inhofe is expected to take the gavel of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee when Republicans hold a majority in the Senate next year.
God help us! This man is going to head the Committee on the Environment in the US Senate. Like giving a fox the keys to the chicken coop— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) December 3, 2014
NASA reports that 97 percent of scientists agree that "climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities."
Inhofe waved away Streisand's criticism on Wednesday.
"The media and those on the Internet should be more concerned about the cost of the massive EPA overregulation from the Obama Administration instead of a conversation in 2009 provoked by a liberal publication," Inhofe said in a statement, referring to regulations that aim to limit carbon pollution from the nation's fleet of power plants that the administration is currently working to finalize.
This post has been updated and corrected. An earlier version stated that Senator Inhofe is expected to chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committe.
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