This story was originally published by Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
President Barack Obama told Vice in an interview released on Monday that it was “disturbing” that the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works denied the existence of climate change.
Obama was referring to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who threw a snowball on the Senate floor earlier this month to make his case that climate change isn’t real. Even though Inhofe cited record-low temperatures across the country as evidence that climate change was overplayed, the country has actually been experiencing a warmer than average winter.
“That’s disturbing,” Obama said when Vice’s Shane Smith pointed out the stunt would have been funny if it weren’t for Inhofe’s chairmanship.
Inhofe, who wrote the book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, has also cited scripture as part of his argument for why climate change isn’t real.
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