Inhofe Uses Blizzard to Refute Global Warming

By Matt Loffman

Feb 11, 2010 4:36pm

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who prides himself in being the chief climate change skeptic in the Congress, seized Tuesday on "Snowzilla" as an excuse to assault the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC – which is re-examining a report it issued in 2007 that warned of thawing glaciers. "It's kind of hard on a day like today and the last few days to be talking about global warming. I often say, where is it when you need it?" Inhofe said. He went on to talk about "amazongate," "climategate," and "glaciergate." Read more on Inhofe’s feelings about the IPCC here. "I might add that today there was supposed to be an (Environment and Public Works Committee) hearing on global warming but it was cancelled because of the blizzard," Inhofe said. Inhofe invites everyone to his igloo, built by grandchildren, at 3rd St. and Independence Ave, SE in Washington. But he complains that someone has stolen the sign, which read "Al Gore’s new home." Snow is being used in all sorts of turns of phrase. Sen. Tom Harkin, for instance, wants to do away with Senate rules that require 60 votes to accomplish anything. He’d create a sliding scale of votes where every two days fewer votes would be needed to cut off debate and proceed to legislation or nominations. Harkin at 4:01, quoted New York Times columnist Gail Collins, who last Friday wrote, "Washington was immobilized by snow on Friday. This is highly unusual. Normally, Washington is immobilized by senators."

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