This is a rush transcript from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," February 23, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
NEIL CAVUTO, ANCHOR: All right, well, forget about all those critics coming down fast and furious on Toyota in Washington — Fox on top of plain old snow coming down even faster and with more fury on al other more and seemingly everywhere, a few more inches of it in Dallas, on the verge right now of a 30-year record, two feet of it in Moscow, a 40-year record, and just a plain old a mess of it in the Big Apple, a familiar record.
And it is going to get worse, my friends, talk of a blizzard heading east, and now the U.S. senator who has had enough of it in Washington. He’s not mad at Mother Nature. He’s mad at Al Gore — yes, Al Gore.
Welcome, everybody. I’m Neil Cavuto.
And the inconvenient truth this hour, winter ain’t letting up, which has Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe fed up at the man who won a Nobel Prize saying that the Earth was warming up. Inhofe has long called warming a hoax. Today, he is doing one better, dramatically better, demanding the Justice Department investigate what he calls the greatest scientific scandal of our generation.
First witness he wants to see testify? Al Gore.
With us now, James Inhofe.
Senator, any reaction as yet from the former vice president?
SEN. JAMES INHOFE R-OKLA.: Well, we have not heard anything from Al Gore, Neil. And I don’t anticipate that we will, but we would like to have him come, hold a hearing in Environment and Public Works.
Every assertion that he made in his science fiction movie has now been disproven, sea level rising, Himalayas melting and all this stuff. The significant thing right now, though, is the hearing that we had this morning, because we have the minority report that we put together which shows that climate-gate, fixing the science, cooking the science, actually took place.
We have it all documented. And people are being investigated right now. The problem for us in America is, you and I have talked before on how destructive, economically, it would be if we were to have cap and trade, any of these bills that were passed in McCain/Lieberman bill or any of these.
It would be the largest tax increase in the history of America, something over $300 billion a year. Now, since they can’t get that passed, in Congress, the Senate won’t pass that, they’re trying to do it through the Clean Air Act, through the EPA, through an endangerment finding.
Here is the key, though. The endangerment finding is based on the science that the IPCC has come forth – that’s the United Nations. And it’s all been debunked. So, we’re destroying the economy of the nation based on science that’s bad.
CAVUTO: But you’re saying something more, aren’t you, Senator? You’re saying lately that some of the weather we have been seeing, more to the point, snow right now in mid-Texas, something that that neck of the woods rarely sees — in fact, they’re looking at a multi-decade record there as a result — that this can’t be global warming.
Well, many of the so-called warmists — and I’m going to be talking to one of them very shortly — say that this is all in keeping with global warming.
What say you?
INHOFE: Well, I think it’s ridiculous.
You know, if this has been a warm spell that we have been going through over the last five years, they would all be saying, ah, see that. That’s global warming. But it hasn’t been. We’re in our ninth year of a cooling spell. And everyone understands that that’s the case.
But it’s driving them crazy. You think about the years that people have put into this thing just hoping they would be right. Now we find they’re not. And now we find the big thing is — and we can’t forget it — they cooked the science on which all of this was predicated.
INHOFE: I have...
INHOFE: ... report.
CAVUTO: You are imploring the Justice Department — I know you have a lot of data with you. But you are imploring the Justice Department to look into this.
Any reaction from Justice looking into it or investigating it?
INHOFE: That’s exactly right.
What we’re trying to do is get the I.G.s to investigate it. I asked Lisa this morning, the director of the EPA, if she would get her I.G. to investigate the allegations against the science. I don’t think she’s going to do that. But we need to get the I.G.s involved.
CAVUTO: What is an – I’m sorry — what is an I.G.?
INHOFE: Inspector general.
CAVUTO: I got you.
INHOFE: The inspector general for the EPA, for NASA, for NOAA, for all these different groups to do their own investigation. That’s what they’re supposed to do for a living.
Then we send that to the Justice Department. That’s happening, by the way, in the U.K. And there, they found that violations that — boy, that’s the Freedom of Information Act — that that was — that is a criminal offense.
Unfortunately, in Great Britain, the statute of limitations has already run. Well, that could be the case here, in which case it would be a criminal violation.
CAVUTO: Do you think, Senator, to put this in the most simple of terms, that the weather has kind of been of late the wind at your back, a cold wind at that, but that it actually has helped your argument, even though environmentalists dispute this, that that has propelled this talk that maybe the Earth isn’t warming up?
INHOFE: Neil, I don’t know whether you watched the saga of the igloo or not. But the igloo was the one that my grandkids built during this last snowstorm, when all the planes were down, and then...
CAVUTO: I followed it quite closely.
INHOFE: And then they put the sign on top, "Al Gore’s new house."
INHOFE: So, yes, it is. We have set records in my state of Oklahoma. We have had the coldest winter, the greatest blizzards, and all that, same here in Washington and up along the East Coast. And more is coming. So, that drives them crazy, to think that they’re trying to change now and say, well, we never did say global warming. We said extreme weather.