Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla) said Monday night that climate change isn’t real and recent cold weather across the country proves that.
“Tonight for all night long, you can say ‘[climate change] is real, it’s real, it’s real,’ but people have heard that before,” Inhofe said on the Senate floor. “We’ve gone through some cold spells that are shocking and setting records.”
Winter weather has been extreme in the Northeast and Midwest this year and several snowstorms have shutdown lawmaker’s work.
Schatz said even a “child” could distinguish between climate and weather.
“Weather is what will happen tomorrow,” Schatz said. “Climate is what happens over time.”
Inhofe has authored a book claiming that climate change was the biggest “hoax” ever perpetrated on mankind.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Inhofe was a “a dangerous denier.”
She also said scientists who believe climate change is real also predicted extreme cold weather.
“I don’t understand how my colleagues can continue to deny climate change,” Boxer said. “Look out the window.”