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Sen. Inhofe reveals the ‘global warming’ that melted street lamps in Oklahoma

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By Doug Powers  •  August 3, 2012 11:41 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Senator Inhofe’s office recently addressed a bit of global warming hysteria that had been going around:

Today the far-left blog Think Progress posted a photo (originally posted on KFOR’s facebook page) of street lights in Oklahoma that had melted, they claimed, because of extreme heat. Global warming alarmist Bill McKibben took to Twitter immediately to publicize what he believed to be proof of global warming, tweeting to Senator James Inhofe (Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, “Senator Inhofe, God may be trying to get your attention. Check out this picture.”

Here’s the photo of the street lights that global warming melted:

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It never occurred to so many scientifically superior people to wonder why “global” warming only melted those particular “globes” on one side? We’ll get to that in a second.

Inhofe’s office continued:

Not long after the picture surfaced, Oklahomans posted comments on Think Progress’ blog saying that these lights had melted due to a fire – which makes sense considering that the two front lights were melted while the two back lights remained unscathed. Once this news came to light, Think Progress immediately removed the post and provided an update that reads: “After we published this piece, we saw reports from people on the ground in Stillwater that the melting streetlights were due to a nearby fire. The person who took the photo, Patrick Hunter, described the scene: ‘Being the person that actually took this photo, I’d say that this was due to a fire semi-close by coupled with the unbelievable heat we are experiencing.’ Still an amazing photo and not fake as many are saying on here. Enjoy!”

This afternoon, KFOR confirmed that the melted lights in the photo were not caused by hot temperatures but a nearby dumpster fire.

Here’s the cause of the melting, diagrammed for your convenience:

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Others, such as this one on Yahoo, were undaunted — global warming started the dumpster fire:

Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness. And if dangerous, spontaneous fires aren’t reason enough to go green, we don’t know what is.

Anthony Watts: Alarmist fact-checking.

Update: After further analysis it’s clear the warming alarmists might be on to something. Look what became visible when I zoomed in on part of the photo of the melting street light:

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(h/t Newsbusters)

**Written by Doug Powers

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