Watch A Republican Throw A Snowball On The Senate Floor To Prove Climate Change Isn’t Real (VIDEO)

Recently, Republicans became infatuated with a 12-year-old YouTuber who said he could “prove” Obama didn’t love America – but if you thought that was the most juvenile thing the GOP would do this week, you don’t know Sen. Jim Inhofe.

Inhofe chairs the Environment and Public Works Senate Committee and, by no coincidence, is the leading climate denier in Congress. On Thursday, he thought he stumbled upon the final nail in the coffins of the 97 percent of scientists who say climate change is happening: He noticed there was snow on the ground. In February.

Not one to let this perfect evidence melt through his fingers, Inhofe packed a snowball and carried it with him in a bag into the Capitol and onto the Senate Floor. During the latest in his now-almost daily speeches on the “climate change hoax,” Inhofe threw the snowball towards the front of the room with a triumphant smirk.

“Do you know what this is? It’s a snowball. It’s just from outside here, so it’s very very cold out … very unseasonable.”

Behind him sat a large photo of his kids playing in an igloo they made during a snowstorm five years ago, which by his account was right around the time “the hysteria on global warming” began (he was only off by about 30 years).

Having soundly demonstrated that in the winter there is snow, Inhofe concludes his remarks by declaring:

“We hear the perpetual headline that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, but now the script has flipped.”

Instead, Inhofe said, the country should be focused on real threats like Islamic terrorism and not global warming.

As with many of his climate change denying peers, Inhofe seems to confuse and conflate “weather” with “climate,” and assumes that the entire science of climatology can be undone if it can be proven that sometimes it gets cold outside. However, as a way of predicting global weather patterns, looking at the temperature of any one region on any one day is notoriously unhelpful. His own demonstration makes that clear. While it has been bitterly cold in the northeastern United States in the past few weeks, scientists from NASA have found that last year was, indeed, the warmest year ever recorded. And then the NOAA found that January was the second highest recorded since measurements began in 1880. The weather (in the Northeast, at least) has been cold, but the global climate continues to heat up.

The most bizarre aspect to this spectacle was that the subject of the day was ostensibly meant to focus on funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Instead, we have a ranking Republican Senator throwing a snowball and smugly declaring the science of climate change debunked. Further proof that the Republican Congress swept into office in 2014 with big promises has amounted to little more than a clown show. Perhaps they should stick with watching 12-year-olds tell them what they want to hear on YouTube.