A Snowball Takes the Floor

Senator Inhofe’s latest stunt is one in a long list.

February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe threw a snowball in the chamber yesterday while he discussed climate change. Get it? To show that it’s cold outside—y'know, so climate change doesn’t exist. His logic has the structural integrity of, say, a snowball melting on the Senate floor. But stunts like this are nothing new for the Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee (oh, that committee must be a hoot).

It reminds me of the time Inhofe wrote The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future. It helped him nab the coveted Vice News award, Climate Change Denier of the Year. Then there was that huge snowstorm after which the Inhofe family built an igloo for Al Gore. Oh, and the time he blamed the warming planet on Barbara Streisand. And the time he blamed it on God

Inhofe might be amusing if he were the only science denier helping to run the country. But Congress is full of them right now—a problem President Obama addressed in his latest State of the Union (those too-hot-for-TV comments were edited out of the GOP taping of the speech). Last month, Inhofe did vote that climate change is not a hoax—but don’t be fooled: The vote was tied to a bill forcing the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Despite yesterday’s stunt, there’s still an overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by humans. Snowball fights are all fun and games, until someoneor billions of someonesget hurt. 

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