Inhofe: 'Laughable' to call global warming a polar vortex factor

Sen. Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails US military to draw down in Africa by 'less than 10 percent' Pentagon official: Trump's Space Force could cost up to billion MORE (R-Okla.) says climate change is a “hoax” and it’s “laughable” that people are saying it’s caused the latest cold weather. [WATCH VIDEO]

Inhofe is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He previously served as its chairman and ranking member. This is not the first time he's rejected the concepts. 

"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.

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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.

Climate change researchers, however, said earlier this week that global warming might have brought on the frigid temperatures.

"You gotta understand we have people with their lives tied up with trying to make this hoax a reality,” Inhofe added.