Inhofe alleges EPA buried evidence, calls for criminal investigation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deliberately withheld facts from a report on global warming in order to bolster the Obama administration's climate change initiatives, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) alleged Monday.

Inhofe said the EPA "absolutely" buried evidence undermining policy on global warming after a researcher's report claimed that carbon dioxide has had little effect on the environment.

"They've been cooking that science since 1998," Inhofe said during an interview on Fox News.

Inhofe argued that there should be a criminal investigation into the EPA report, as well.

"I don't know whether there would be or not," he said. "There could be, and there probably should be."

Inhofe is a longtime critic of the science on global warming; he called it "probably the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people" during the interview Monday.

The Oklahoma Republican also said that the climate change legislation passed by a narrow vote in the House on Friday would be "dead on arrival" in the Senate.

Watch a video of the interview below: