Republican Senator Brings Snowball to Senate Floor to Prove Climate Change is a Hoax – No, Seriously (Video)

jim-inhofe-and-his-snowballI’ve often argued that climate change is a perfect example of just how simple-minded and shortsighted conservatives can be. One of the biggest issues I face when debating many of them is their complete inability to see the forest for the trees. Almost everything with them is based on simplistic talking points and instant gratification. If it requires complex explanations, or in-depth critical thinking, forget about it. You might as well just waste your time talking to a wall, because they’re not going to understand or care about a single thing you’re saying.


But climate change is something that requires people to look at the big picture instead of just “what I see with my own eyes.” It also requires the ability for those discussing it to understand that “weather” is not the same thing as “climate.” For example, if it snows in Los Angeles, that doesn’t change the overall climate of this nation’s second most populated city. Though changes in climate can have an impact on weather patterns.

See, just that statement alone is often too complex for many conservatives to grasp when it comes to the very real issue of climate change.

When those of us who believe that humans are driving climate change (most people and about 97 percent of the world’s scientists), we’re talking about an issue that’s impacting the entire planet. When those who deny climate change talk about this issue, they’re only talking about what they see with their own eyes. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen conservatives ridiculously use weather in a pathetic attempt to “debunk” the reality of climate change.

Especially when it’s winter.

But I’m not sure if this level of stupidity has ever been quite exemplified in such a perfect way as yesterday when Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) brought a snowball to the Senate floor to support his belief that climate change is a hoax.

“In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, you know what this is?” Inhofe said, holding up a snowball. “It’s a snowball, from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable.”

Yes, in certain parts of the country there have been below normal temperatures. Hell, there’s even been record snow. Nobody is disputing any of that. But what this idiot fails to understand is that these freak weather phenomenons are actually proof that climate change is happening. Not only that, but when you factor in the entirety of the United States, the country as a whole has seen a much warmer winter than normal. But, again, I’m using big picture thinking. I’m using indisputable scientific data provided by NOAA to discuss the changes in our nation’s overall climate – while Inhofe went outside, grabbed a snowball and claimed that snow debunks climate change.

Do you see the difference?


As someone who firmly supports the vast majority of the world’s scientists who believe humans are driving climate change, when I’m dealing with climate change deniers I really feel like I’m dealing with someone who has the mentality of a 4-year-old.

“Oh, but there’s snow outside. So much for global warming!” 

But one thing I always notice when summer arrives is that when we see record heat waves, and massive droughts striking various parts of the country, suddenly I don’t see Fox News pundits or Republican politicians paying much attention to the weather.

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Watch Inhofe’s comments on the Senate floor below via C-SPAN:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    The problem here is that every time there is a noteworthy environmental event that doesn’t involve ‘cold’, be it a hurricane, tornado, drought, hot spell, etc., the Left invariably points to it as proof of global warming as if they can just look at what happened last night and make a definitive call about what caused it. But if the event involves cold temperatures they, without exception, point to it and say ‘this is just weather.’

    it’s not ‘complexity that conservatives can’t understand.’ Its the pathetically transparent and disingenuous contortions of the Left that causes their eyes to glaze over.

    • Donna

      Go troll Newsmax or Breitbart and stop polluting this site.

      • Jim Bean

        Counterproposal: If you find comment I make during the exercise of my speech discomforting, don’t read them! Duh! Not everything is only about you.

    • Cemetery Girl

      Things I have read about climate change talk about over all weather patterns, not a single event. A hurricane isn’t an indication, but a pattern of increased hurricanes can be. A drought is not an indication, but a pattern of drought can be.
      A politician stating there is snow outside disproves climate change is false. That is holding up the weather of a single day as a basis of judgment. The belief in climate change comes from the unusual patterns in weather. It is a challenge because records for weather don’t cover a very large time period (not in the grand scheme of the Earth), but that’s where science works together.

    • BB-Mystic

      But if the event involves cold temperatures they, without exception, point to it and say ‘this is just weather.’

      Jim, that simply isn’t true. I wish you’d take thirty seconds of your time and do a Google (or DuckDuckGo) search before you spout off like this.

      thinkprogress DOT org/climate/2015/01/26/3615330/blizzards-climate-scientists/

      knowledge DOT allianz DOT com/environment/climate_change/?626/global-warming-what-role-does-water-vapor-really-play

      www DOT nasa DOT gov/topics/earth/features/vapor_warming.html

  • Avatar

    What next for Inhofe? Bring the clear glass of ‘clean water’ from Vermont to prove that post-fracking water in Oklahoma is safe to drink.

  • Stormageddon

    You might want to correct one statement. Inhofe is the senator from Oklahoma, not Iowa.

    • BobJThompson

      I was just about to say that. We already have Joni Ernst, don’t add more to our crazy pile.

  • BobJThompson

    Humans are changing the strength of the Jet Stream. But of course global warming is a myth. Especially if you’re getting paid to say it is a myth.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/jul/17/global-warming-causing-extreme-weather-jet-stream-waves

  • pro re

    this proves again that politics have no degrees limit

  • labman57

    I found a bowl of rainwater in my patio a couple of weeks ago. I guess this proves that California has not been experiencing a severe drought.