Inhofe Family Igloo Captures Headlines across the Country
February 16, 2010
Posted by Matt Dempsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Inhofe and his family were in Washington DC last weekend as the blizzard hit the DC area. The Inhofe family had a little fun at the expense of Al Gore and global warming alarmists.
As Roll Call first reported, "While most Washingtonians took cover during the Blizzard of 2010 (or Snowpocalypse, or Snowmaggedon - whatever you want to call it) Sen. James Inhofe's family braved the storm to poke fun at former Vice President Al Gore. The Oklahoma Republican's daughter, Molly Rapert; her husband, Jimmy; and their four children built an igloo - roomy enough to fit several people inside - at Third Street and Independence Avenue Southeast. They officially dedicated the humble abode in honor of global-warming crusader Gore, even posting a cardboard sign on the igloo's roof reading "AL GORE'S NEW HOME" on one side and "HONK IF YOU [HEART] GLOBAL WARMING" on the other."
To our surpise however, the igloo caught not only Roll Call's attention, but most of the mainstream media as well!
Wall Street Journal: D.C. Igloo Takes Aim at Global Warming (February 10, 2010) - Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma is lightly frosted but mostly amused that liberal commentator Keith Olbermann named his grandchildren "the worser people in America" - his daughter was the "worst" - for the signage on an igloo they built on Capitol Hill: "Al Gore's New Home," and "Honk if you [heart] Global Warming." "I didn't even know they were doing it," laughs the senator, one of the most vocal skeptics of global warming. He posted the pictures up on his Facebook page.
Wall Street Journal: Snow Adds to the Political Drift (February 11, 2010) - WASHINGTON-In a town where everything takes on political freight, this week's historic snows have dumped a shovelful of mixed metaphors on the federal government. Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn found himself stranded inside the Capitol, an odd position for a small-government curmudgeon who called the government shutdown a "dream." He cleaned his desk, wrote to constituents, read books and reveled at the empty corridors of power.
Washington Times: Blizzards heat up warming debate (February 12, 2010) - In Washington, even a snowstorm is a political event. The record snowstorms that have blanketed the capital and shut down cities across the Mid-Atlantic have already sparked a new round of sparring between supporters and skeptics in the global-warming debate. As city residents trudge through blizzards and shovel out stranded cars, climate-change skeptics have been tossing verbal snowballs at those arguing that the planet is heating up and that human activity is to blame. Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and a global warming skeptic, acknowledged that one weather event is not enough to prove or disprove the climate-change thesis, but noted that "global-warming alarmists" tend to take any severe-weather incident - heat waves, cold snaps, droughts and floods - as evidence supporting their position.
CBS NEWS: Snow Fuels Global Warming Debate (February 12, 2010) - (CBS/ AP) After a week of blizzard conditions that buried some parts of the East Coast under record-breaking amounts of snow, the debate over climate change continues to simmer. Critics of global warming science gleefully point out their windows to mounting snow drifts, which they see as clear evidence that the idea of man-made climate change is bunk. Advocates insist that unusual weather events signify climate change is already underway. (Ironically, while the East Coast is buried under snow, Vancouver, the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, has experienced weather so balmy officials have had to bring snow in by helicopter).
New York Times: Climate-Change Debate Is Heating Up in Deep Freeze (February 11, 2010) - WASHINGTON - As millions of people along the East Coast hole up in their snowbound homes, the two sides in the climate-change debate are seizing on the mounting drifts to bolster their arguments. Skeptics of global warming are using the record-setting snows to mock those who warn of dangerous human-driven climate change - this looks more like global cooling, they taunt. Most climate scientists respond that the ferocious storms are consistent with forecasts that a heating planet will produce more frequent and more intense weather events.
CNS NEWS: Sen. Inhofe's Family Builds Igloo for Global Warming Spokesman Al Gore in Snow-laden D.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) -(CNSNews.com) - The family of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) had some fun at former Vice President and global warming spokesman Al Gore's expense over the weekend after record snowfall blanketed the nation's capital. The family spent Saturday and Sunday building an igloo near the U.S. Capitol building, and the Oklahoma senator posted photos of their handiwork on his Facebook page. They added signs to the snow dwelling that read, "AL GORE'S NEW HOME!" and "HONK IF YOU (LOVE) GLOBAL WARMING."
Newsmax:Inhofe Family Builds Igloo 'Gore's New Home' (Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010) - The family of Sen. Jim Inhofe, a vocal skeptic regarding man-made global warming, had some fun at climate change crusader Al Gore's expense by building an igloo near the U.S. Capitol. The Oklahoma Republican's daughter Molly Rapert, along with her husband and four children, built the igloo over the weekend as Washington was hammered with a fierce blizzard. The family posted a cardboard sign on the igloo's roof reading "AL GORE'S NEW HOME" on one side and "HONK IF YOU [HEART] GLOBAL WARMING" on the other. Sen. Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, told Roll Call newspaper that his family's ironic tribute to Gore was "really humorous." The senator even posted several photos of the igloo on his Facebook page.
Washington Post: Inhofe's Al Gore igloo (February 9, 2010) - In this most wintry of Washington winters, those Al Gore jokes were only a matter of time. The family of the most prominent skeptic of climate change in Congress, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), built an igloo on Capitol Hill and named it in honor of Gore, the environmentalist/Oscar recipient/Nobel Prize winner who has committed his life to addressing the dangers of global warming. And in case an article about the igloo in Roll Call's "Heard on the Hill" wasn't enough, Inhofe posted more photos on his Facebook page. No word on whether they'll expand the igloo into a building on the scale of Sweden's Ice Hotel in the aftermath of this week's second snowstorm.
Rush Limbaugh: Inhofe Family Builds Igloo 'Gore's New Home' (February 11, 2010) - RUSH: Did you see what Jim Inhofe did? He built an igloo in Washington and put a little cardboard sign over it that said "Algore's New Home." Hee-hee.
Clean Skies: D.C. Snowstorm Sparks More Global Warming Debate - The man who may be the most vocal climate skeptic in Congress, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., is making his point on Capitol Hill. Even though the House is closed for business and Senate hearings are postponed this week, Inhofe's family "built an igloo" to visually make their case, and labeled it "Al Gore's new home."