On February 26, 2015, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma brought a snowball onto the Senate floor and made the outlandish claim that the cold and snow in Washington somehow disproves climate change. Standing in front of a picture of snow, Inhofe tried to support his feeble argument by pointing to 67 record lows in the US this year. What he failed to mention was that there have been 4,074 record high temperatures logged in the US in the first half of February alone. He derides the finding that 2014 was the warmest in recorded history, and he fails to acknowledge that 9 of the last 10 years are the hottest on record. Inhofe’s views would be laughable if it were not for the fact that the GOP controls both the House and the Senate and a majority of Republicans in each chamber deny the existence of man-made climate change.
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