From Brad Plumer over at Vox:

Yep, that’s Sen. James Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, throwing a snowball to prove that global warming isn’t really happening.

“We keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record,” Inhofe said. “So I ask the chair,” — referring to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — “Do you know what this is? It’s a snowball, from just outside here. So it’s very, very cold out… very unseasonable.” He then lobbed said snowball to a page and lapsed into deep silence, a smile across his face.

Inhofe, by the way, isn’t some random nut off the street. He’s currently chair of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee. You want Congress to do something about global warming? For the next two years, at least, any bill would have to go through him…

It can sometimes be colder-than-usual in some parts of the world and warmer-than-usual in others. That’s what’s going on right now: it’s unusually frigid in the Northeastern and Midwest United States, but warmer-than-average elsewhere…

So if you wanted to figure out if global warming was actually happening, you’d need to look at the entire planet, not just the weather in your tiny patch. That’s why scientists focus on charts like the one below — showing that average temperatures are rising over time and that 2014 was likely the warmest year on record — rather than just checking to see if there’s snow in February…

I have a question. Why is it that so many Christians are completely convinced that global warming is not happening, and that it is not man-made? What is it in theology that prevents them from accepting it as a reality? I am a Christian and I don’t see anywhere in Scripture or theology that prevents climate change from being a reality. And the same goes for conservatives. I understand the apprehension about big government policies to solve the problem. I have the same thoughts, and skepticism about solving such a complex problem. However, that should not stop us from admitting that it is actually happening. The evidence bears it out, and the wise man always follows the evidence, as David Hume so aptly put it.

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