Watch Jim Inhofe Throw a Snowball on the Senate Floor

Aide confirms the underhand toss was caught by a page.

National Journal
Jason Plautz
Feb. 26, 2015, 11:20 a.m.

The de­bate over fund­ing for the Home­land Se­cur­ity De­part­ment wasn’t the only thing that froze over in the Sen­ate Thursday

Sen. Jim In­hofe, who chairs the En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, tossed a snow­ball on the Sen­ate floor as part of a speech ex­press­ing skep­ti­cism about the real­ity of cli­mate change. The Ok­lahoma Re­pub­lic­an opened by show­ing pic­tures of an ig­loo his daugh­ter’s fam­ily built dur­ing a snowstorm five years ago, when he said “the hys­teria on glob­al warm­ing” began.

Then In­hofe reached in­to a bag he had brought with him and pulled out a ro­bust snow­ball.

“Do you know what this is? It’s a snow­ball,” he said to fresh­man Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Bill Cas­sidy, who be­ing from Louisi­ana may not be fa­mil­i­ar with snow. “It’s just from out­side here, so it’s very, very cold out, … very un­season­able.”

“Mr. Pres­id­ent, Catch this,” In­hofe said be­fore toss­ing the snow­ball un­der­hand. An In­hofe aide said it was caught by a page.

The de­bate over fund­ing for the Home­land Se­cur­ity De­part­ment wasn’t the only thing that froze over in the Sen­ate Thursday

Sen. Jim In­hofe, who chairs the En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, tossed a snow­ball on the Sen­ate floor as part of a speech ex­press­ing skep­ti­cism about the real­ity of cli­mate change. The Ok­lahoma Re­pub­lic­an opened by show­ing pic­tures of an ig­loo his daugh­ter’s fam­ily built dur­ing a snowstorm five years ago, when he said “the hys­teria on glob­al warm­ing” began.

Then In­hofe reached in­to a bag he had brought with him and pulled out a ro­bust snow­ball.

“Do you know what this is? It’s a snow­ball,” he said to fresh­man Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Bill Cas­sidy, who be­ing from Louisi­ana may not be fa­mil­i­ar with snow. “It’s just from out­side here, so it’s very, very cold out, … very un­season­able.”

“Mr. Pres­id­ent, Catch this,” In­hofe said be­fore toss­ing the snow­ball un­der­hand. An In­hofe aide said it was caught by a page.

“We hear the per­petu­al head­line that 2014 has been the warmest year on re­cord, but now the script has flipped,” In­hofe said. He went on to lam­baste the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion for fo­cus­ing on glob­al warm­ing rather than ter­ror­ism.

NASA and the Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion said last month that 2014 was the warmest year on re­cord, and data showed that last Janu­ary was the second-warmest on re­cord, des­pite heavy snow in the North­east.

The snow­ball’s fate is not known, al­though a par­ody Twit­ter ac­count was pos­ted shortly after the speech. The in­aug­ur­al tweet read:

The de­bate over fund­ing for the Home­land Se­cur­ity De­part­ment wasn’t the only thing that froze over in the Sen­ate Thursday

Sen. Jim In­hofe, who chairs the En­vir­on­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee, tossed a snow­ball on the Sen­ate floor as part of a speech ex­press­ing skep­ti­cism about the real­ity of cli­mate change. The Ok­lahoma Re­pub­lic­an opened by show­ing pic­tures of an ig­loo his daugh­ter’s fam­ily built dur­ing a snowstorm five years ago, when he said “the hys­teria on glob­al warm­ing” began.

Then In­hofe reached in­to a bag he had brought with him and pulled out a ro­bust snow­ball.

“Do you know what this is? It’s a snow­ball,” he said to fresh­man Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Bill Cas­sidy, who be­ing from Louisi­ana may not be fa­mil­i­ar with snow. “It’s just from out­side here, so it’s very, very cold out, … very un­season­able.”

“Mr. Pres­id­ent, Catch this,” In­hofe said be­fore toss­ing the snow­ball un­der­hand. An In­hofe aide said it was caught by a page.

“We hear the per­petu­al head­line that 2014 has been the warmest year on re­cord, but now the script has flipped,” In­hofe said. He went on to lam­baste the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion for fo­cus­ing on glob­al warm­ing rather than ter­ror­ism.

NASA and the Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion said last month that 2014 was the warmest year on re­cord, and data showed that last Janu­ary was the second-warmest on re­cord, des­pite heavy snow in the North­east.

The snow­ball’s fate is not known, al­though a par­ody Twit­ter ac­count was pos­ted shortly after the speech. The in­aug­ur­al tweet read:

This story has been up­dated with ad­di­tion­al in­form­a­tion about the snow­ball’s par­ody Twit­ter handle.

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