Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) decided, as he is wont to do, to question climate change once again with something really stupid. He complained that we keep hearing about how 2014 was the warmest year on record. However, he wonders, how can that possibly be true with all the snow and bitter cold everywhere? To prove his point, he threw a snowball across the Senate. Yes, a snowball disproves climate change. Every climate scientist can go home and apply for welfare now. Sen. Inhofe has put them all out of a job.
According to C-SPAN’s video showing this nonsense, Inhofe said:
I ask the chair, do you know what this is? It’s a snowball, from just outside here, so it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable. Mr. President, catch this.
And then he tossed it to the Senate President. In one fell swoop, Inhofe has single-handedly disproven climate change by demonstrating that the existence of snow here in the U.S. means the world cannot possibly be getting warmer.
Of course, not everyone was impressed with his theatrics. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) took shots at Inhofe for that, saying, according to Crooks and Liars:
And if you go to Earth Now, it’s actually quite easy to load, and you can see how that polar vortex measurably brings the cold air down to New England where we are right now.
And this is produced by NASA. Right? These are pretty serious people. So you can believe NASA and you can believe what their satellites measure on the planet, or you can believe the Senator with the Snowball.[…]
In corporate America, there is an immense array of major, significant, intelligent, responsible corporations who are very clear that climate change is real. Companies like Coke and Pepsi. Companies like Ford and GM. And Caterpillar. Companies like Walmart and Target. Companies like VF Industries, which makes a wide array of clothing products, and Nike. Companies like Mars and Nestle.
So, we have our choice. We can believe Coke and Pepsi and Ford and GM and Walmart and Target and VF Industries and Nike and Mars and Nestle, or we can believe the Senator with the Snowball.
And then he brought up all the scientists, and scientific organizations, who say that man-made climate change is a thing, and ended that with, “So, you can believe every major American scientific society, or you can believe the Senator with the Snowball.”
Ouch. That is a painfully hilarious rebuttal.
If Inhofe were just some no-name senator from Oklahoma, it would be easier to declare him nuts and sweep him and his insanity under the rug. Unfortunately, the Senator with the Snowball is the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, so he’s in charge of everything the Senate does on the environment. And he thinks throwing a snowball across the Senate is the way to validate his position?
Is this really the man to lead the Senate on anything to do with climate change? Someone who confuses weather with climate, rejects the science out of hand, calls climate change a hoax, and throws a snowball across the Senate as though that’s all the proof anybody should ever need?
How Inhofe has anything to do with the environmental committee in the Senate, let alone is its leader, is baffling at best. Suffice it to say, the Senator with the Snowball may very well set us back a few decades in the fight against climate change. But he’s got some good company in his beliefs; Donald Trump thinks cold weather in the northern U.S. disproves climate change, too.
Watch Sen. Inhofe’s craziness here:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E0a_60PMR8?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
And watch Sen. Whitehouse’s brilliant response here:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTdpdFUTyqs?rel=0&w=420&h=315]
Featured image by Rika Christensen/Liberalistics | Original image via screen capture from C-SPAN video