Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe may not be a scientist, but he doesn’t mind playing one on TV. And on the floor of the Senate Thursday, Inhofe once again proved just how ignorant he really is when it comes to the science of climate change.
Bringing out a snowball which was encased in a plastic bag, Inhofe proceeded to toss the snowball onto the Senate floor and declare:
“I ask the chair, you know what this is? It’s a snowball, just from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonal. Mr. President, catch this.”
It’s snowing in Washington, D.C., Inhofe suggested, as it is in many parts of the Northeastern United States, so that totally disproves the scientifically proven fact of global warming. Keep in mind, this guy is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. I know what you’re thinking: We are so screwed.
Inhofe rambled on for several more minutes and even admitted he isn’t qualified to know if climate change is real or not:
“I’m not a scientist, and don’t claim to be. This is something that has been happening over a long period of time. And every time it does, everyone tries to say that the world’s coming to an end and somehow man is important and so powerful that he can change that.”
In the past, Inhofe has called climate change and global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people.”
Despite repeated warnings from the scientific community that climate change is indeed taking place—and at an ever increasing rate—Senator Inhofe would prefer to play ostrich and keep his head planted in the ground. And I guess that figures. It’s much easier to deny there is a problem than it is to try and do something about it.
Besides, how often do you get to throw a snowball in the U.S. Senate?
Watch Senator Inhofe make a fool of himself in this video!
This story was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.