Those assumptions went straight out the window on Wednesday, when, instead of participating in the scheduled unemployment debate, Inhofe declared that climate change was actually a harmless act of God.
"It is a little bit humorous to me that we are talking about extending unemployment benefits in the midst of one of the most intense cold fronts in American history," he said on the Senate floor. "I saw one newscaster yesterday who said: If you are under 40, you have not seen this stuff before. It has to make everyone question — and I am going to tie this together — whether global warming was ever real."
Inhofe accused the Obama administration of enacting costly environmental regulations based on flawed climate science, which he claims is responsible for the high rates of unemployment (even though unemployment has fallen since their enactment).
"That is what makes global warming so important to mention as we debate the extension of unemployment benefits," he claimed. "If we want to improve our employment figures, what we need to do is stop the onslaught of environmental regulations that have come out during this Obama presidency."
"It is interesting that we have often seen global warming related to events affected by unseasonable or unusually cold weather," he quipped. "Often, this has occurred whenever Al Gore has been involved in an event."
For more on why claiming a snowy winter disproves global warming is a really stupid thing to do, see the rebuttal to Glenn Beck's jump on the annual hoaxer bandwagon.