Climate change denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is in the news again denying climate change “brainwashng” in the schools.

The senator, speaking last week on the syndicated Eric Metaxas radio show, said his granddaughter once asked him, “Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming?”

Here’s the full quote:

You know, our kids are being brainwashed? I never forget because I was the first one back in 2002 to tell the truth about the global warming stuff and all of that. And my own granddaughter came home one day and said “Popi — see “I” is for Inhofe, so it’s Momi and Popi, okay? — Popi, why is it you don’t understand global warming?” I did some checking and Eric, the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, you have to un-brainwash them when they get out.

Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has long denied the existence of human-induced climate change, blaming instead divine providence for weather events.

Never mind, of course, that the first half of 2016 was the hottest start to a year on record, breaking the mark set by 2015, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In 2015 he brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to claim global warming was a hoax. He called the temperatures that led to the snow “unseasonable” — in February.

On Feb. 26, 2015, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) brought a snowball to the Senate floor. (C-SPAN)

In 2010, he and his grandchildren built an igloo after a 12-inch snowstorm at Third Street and Independence Avenue Southeast and named it “Al Gore’s New Home.”


Sen. Jim Inhofe and some of his grandchildren built an igloo in the District in 2010 to mock climate change advocates. (Courtesy of the office of Sen. Jim Inhofe)

It’s unclear about which of Inhofe’s 16 grandchildren he was speaking last week. It’s also unclear if she took part in building the igloo.