By Rebecca Shabad - 01/08/14 03:09 PM EST
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says climate change is a “hoax” and it’s “laughable” that people are saying it’s caused the latest cold weather.
"First of all, global warming is not taking place. It's kind of laughable right now with all the records that are being set," Inhofe told the Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Okla. in an interview Tuesday.
The polar vortex, a major cold front bringing all-time low temperatures to some areas, has swept across the country in the last few days.
Inhofe rejects the notion that global warming or climate change has precipitated the extreme weather.
"The reality is there's a difference between weather and climate," Inhofe said.