Senate Republicans: Climate change not a hoax
WASHINGTON - One of Congress' most vocal skeptics of climate change is backing a measure saying it is real and not a hoax - but says it's arrogance to believe human beings are causing it.
In a surprise move, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma joined an effort Wednesday by Democrats to get the GOP on the record about climate science. The Republican-controlled Senate backed the non-binding measure 98-1 Wednesday. It reads, "Climate change is real and not a hoax."
Many Republicans deny the science or say they don't have the expertise to form an opinion. Inhofe said Wednesday he doesn't buy what most scientists accept - that the burning of fossil fuels from human activities is to blame.
Five days ago, federal scientists said 2014 was the hottest year on record.