Sen. James Inhofe Claims Cold Winter Disproves Global Warming (Video)

| by Michael Allen

There have been many in the conservative media who have made the false claim that the current cold winter disproves global warming.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined the non-scientific chorus today by proclaiming that frigid temperatures across the US during winter somehow discounts the science of global warming.

According to TheWire.com, Sen. Inhofe stated, "The ones that were responsible for the whole global warming movement was the United Nations."

Sen. Inhofe also claimed that because scientists were recently stuck in Antarctic ice, there was no climate change (video below).

However, Sen. Inhofe failed to mention that while it is winter in the US, it's summer down in Australia were temperatures are hitting 120 degrees.

He also failed to mention that his state, Oklahoma, has endured droughts and the warmest summer ever, according to the National Climatic Data Center, noted USA Today.

Sen. Inhofe is apparently unaware that global warming is based on decades of trending temperatures, not just isolated incidents, which he pointed to.

Finally, Sen. Inhofe did not say how he received $1,561,246 in campaign contributions by oil and gas companies that are desperately trying to deny global warming because they don't want to pay a cap and trade tax, noted MediaMatters.org.

However, scientists are not shocked by the cold winter, which is called a "polar vortex."

According to ScienceBlogs.com:

The cold air mass that usually sits up on the Arctic during the northern winter has moved, drooped, shifted, gone off center, to engulf part of the temperate region… The Polar Vortex, a huge system of swirling air that normally contains the polar cold air has shifted so it is not sitting right on the pole as it usually does. We are not seeing an expansion of cold, an ice age, or an anti-global warming phenomenon. We are seeing the usual cold polar air taking an excursion. So, this cold weather we are having does not disprove global warming.

Sources: ScienceBlogs.com, USA Today, TheWire.com, OpenSecrets.org, MediaMatters.org