Oklahoma Rep. Jim Inhofe took to the Senate floor to once again speak out against the existence of climate change. This time, however, he brought a snowball.
“In case we have forgotten – because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record – I ask the chair, do you know what this is? It’s a snowball from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out.”
Inhofe’s snowball was a bit of “evidence” used to further attempt his longstanding argument that global warming isn’t real. “We hear the perpetual headline that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, but now the script has flipped,” he said.
Inhofe, chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Work Committee and author of the book "The Greatest Hoax," has used the Senate floor to argue against global warming before, but his prop was so unorthodox that it got everyone talking. It even became the subject of its own parody account on Twitter.
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The Environmental Protection Agency notes on its website: "Rising global average temperature is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns. Scientific studies indicate that extreme weather events such as heat waves and large storms are likely to become more frequent or more intense with human-induced climate change."
Bill Nye also explained a major misconception with climate change: that the terms "weather" and "climate" are interchangeable.
"It's not [that] the world hasn't been warmer," he said in a video for Big Think. "The problem is the speed at which things are changing."
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As Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) said while citing scientific studies to refute Inhofe's claims, "You can believe every single American scientific society or you can believe the senator with the snowball."
Watch Inhofe’s presentation below.