SNOW IN OKLAHOMA…. Sen. James Inhofe (R) believes snow in his home state of Oklahoma is compelling evidence that global warming isn’t real. Seriously.
The amusing part of this is that Inhofe began his remarks by blasting a House bill, championed by Reps. Henry Waxman and Ed Markey, that would create an ambitious cap-and-trade system. Inhofe called it “a job-killing tax increase,” which would do “nothing to address climate change.”
That almost makes it sound as if Inhofe is looking for legislation that would address climate change.
Of course, he quickly put that to rest, noting that Oklahoma recently saw “the largest snowstorm in the history of Marches.” It’s hard to argue with logic like that, but Brian Beutler gives it a shot: “Now, we know that no particular weather phenomenon — whether a hurricane or a snow storm — can either prove or disprove the existence climate change, which has to do with increases in global average temperature. But never mind. If Oklahoma has the hottest heat wave in the history of Aprils next month, will Inhofe change his tune? Something tells me no.”
I’d just add one small detail: Senate Republicans got together and made James Inhofe their top member on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He was, in fact, the chairman of the committee when there was a Republican majority in the chamber.