In a recent interview with Vice, President Obama called Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe being appointed as chairman of the Senate Environmental Committee “disturbing,” considering Inhofe’s longtime denial of climate change.
Inhofe, author of the book "The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future," infamously appeared on the floor of the Senate earlier this month and presented a snowball as evidence to the nonexistence of global warming.
“That’s disturbing,” President Obama said, adding that the stunt might have been amusing if not for the fact that Inhofe was appointed chairman of the Senate Environmental Committee. In his argument against climate change, Inhofe cited Scripture as evidence that climate change isn’t real.
During Obama’s interview, he said he hoped to show the country that climate change is “a serious, immediate threat, not some distant vague thing,” despite denial from Republicans like Inhofe.
“If I'm able to do all those things now, when I'm done we're still gonna have a heck of a problem, but we will have made enough progress that the next president and the next generation can start building on it and you start getting some momentum,” he said. “I guarantee you that the Republican party will have to change its approach to climate change because voters will insist upon it.”