Rep. Gohmert: "We're Not As Warm As It Was When Greenland Was Really Green"

October 31, 2011 11:02 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Rep. Louie GohmertIt snowed in New York this weekend, which can only mean one thing for many conservatives: Global warming is a hoax. Appearing on Fox Business on Friday night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) agreed with host Eric Bolling's assessment that scientists are getting "dumber," saying, "We're not as warm as it was when Greenland was really green." He added, "I think it was the 1930s was the hottest year on record."

In fact, despite heavy snowfall in February 2010, last year tied for the warmest year on record (matching 2005). And while global warming deniers love talking about Greenland, a country whose "ice cap is hundreds of thousands of years old," their misguided claims are a poor substitute for a scientific consensus that is growing stronger. 

In a case of bad timing for Gohmert and Bolling, a new study funded in part by the Charles Koch Foundation has concluded that the scientific consensus on rising temperatures is correct. The Associated Press reports:

A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. He was spurred to action because of "Climategate," a British scandal involving hacked emails of scientists.

Yet he found that the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. Those numbers from Muller, who works at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, match those by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.