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On Thursday, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) brought a snowball onto the Senate floor as part of a show-and-tell demonstration.

“Do you know what this is?” asked the Senator, who is 80-years-old. “It’s a snowball.”

Mr. Inhofe has long held the contention that global warming is a sham, though he still ranks it as the second-worst sham in American history. The first was the separation of church and state, which is provided for in the First Amendment of the Constitution – the document he is ostensibly charged with protecting.

Global warming, he said in 2005, is “the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state.”

Again, Sen. Inhofe is 80-years-old. He was born in 1934.

Yesterday, Jimmy Inhofe, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, decided to spend some time (and whatever percentage of tax payer dollars funds his $174,000 salary) trying to disprove global warming by throwing a snowball to President Obama.

“Mr. President, catch this,” said Inhofe. “Mmhmm.”

As the President was not available to catch Jimmy’s snowball (presumably off somewhere making life difficult for hardworking Americans like you and me), a Congressional page had to act as a stand-in.

“We hear the perpetual headline that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, but now the script has flipped,” the Senator said.

Unfortunately for Jim, one snowball does not disprove global warming. In fact, the Japan Meteorological Agency, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have all declared that 2014 was, without a doubt, the hottest year since at least 1880, when temperature records officially began.

But that has not stopped Inhofe from hemming and hawing about why global warming simply doesn’t exist. After all, God wouldn’t allow it.

In 2012, Inhofe wrote that climate change is disproven by Genesis 8:22 in his book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future. “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous,” he later said on Crosstalk, a Christian radio program. 

Once again, Senator Jim Inhofe is an adult, is 80-years-old, is the head of the Senate’s Environment committee and should, really, know better.

But in case you don’t know better, here are the top three contributors to the Senator’s 2009-2014 campaign fund:

  • Devon Energy ($24,150) One of the largest independent natural gas and oil producers in America (based in Oklahoma).
  • Boeing Co ($22,600)An American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures and sells airplanes, rockets and satellites (all of which run on fuel, natch).
  • Murray Energy ($20,500) The largest independent coal producer in the United States, whose CEO, Robert Murray, believes the globe is cooling.

By far, the biggest contributions to Sen. Inhofe’s campaign committee has been the oil & gas industry, which donated $454,500.

It’s possible that the right honorable senator from Oklahoma really does believe God would not allow humans to warm the globe. Whether or not God is cool with Jim lining his pockets every time he says so – that’s beyond my earthly ken.

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3 Responses

  1. Mark W says:

    I have read roughly a dozen accounts now of this sociopathic stunt by the Senator from Murray Energy, mostly in the mainstream media, and yours is the first that has made ANY mention of the money Inhofe has collected from the Oil & Gas industry over the years. In fact, he has taken $1.7 million from them over his entire career of serving them in the Senate. Journalists could easily look this up in two minutes at the OpenSecrets.org website but they for some reason are afraid of offending the guy who is supposed to be working for US.

    It is no end of irritating to me that the media treats the stunt, and the man, as just this hilariously stupid thing by a dotty old man, when in fact it is nothing but a venal act of blatant corruption. I wish people would get away from the “what an idiot” angle and focus on what is really happening there.

    • Thank you, Mark. I hate to get too cynical about it, but in my long experience of reading the incredible things politicians say, 9 times out of 10 their “BELIEFS” tend to serve their wallets strikingly well. If other news outlets would report on what companies are funding these “kooky” climate deniers, I think we’d have much less talk about a climate change “debate” and a lot more talk about who’s really getting the most out of their political representative.

  2. William huling says:

    Senator, that’s why it’s called GLOBAL warming.if you would become ecologically educated you wouldn’t appear so ignorant as you just did.

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