Inhofe Votes That Climate Change Is Real

The Senate's leading global warming conspiracy theorist voted that climate change is not a hoax.
Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP

No, Hell has not frozen over. 

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, the most outspoken global warming skeptic in Congress, voted along with 97 of his colleagues on Wednesday on a resolution stating that "climate change is real and not a hoax."

Inhofe has not, however, changed his view that the rise in global temperatures has anything to do with human activity. The vote was part of an amendment sponsored by Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse that will now be attached to the GOP's bill that calls on the president to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, after passing by a 98-1 margin. 

"Climate is changing, and climate has always changed, and always will, there's archeological evidence of that, there's biblical evidence of that, there's historic evidence of that, it will always change," Inhofe said on the Senate floor. "The hoax is that there are some people that are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful that they can change climate. Man can't change climate."

Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker was the only Republican who felt that the wording of the amendment was too strong as to allow for the Inhofe rationale that the rise in global temperatures was linked to mankind's activities. 

Inhofe himself has often used the word "hoax" called out in today's measure, as in the title of his 2012 book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future.