Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe is one of the nation’s most outspoken global warming denier. He famously declared once that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”

Now he’s taken the argument a step further. In an interview with the Tulsa World, Inhofe compared people who believe that global warming is a problem with the Nazis of Adolf Hitler’s Germany.

Inhofe heaped criticism on what he likened to the strategy used by those on the other side of the debate and offered a historical comparison.

“It kind of reminds -- I could use the Third Reich, the big lie,” he said.

The “big lie” was a propaganda technique Hitler attributed to Jews in his book Mein Kampf. It involves telling lies so colossal that no one would believe that anyone would have the audacity to distort the truth so perfidiously.

Inhofe emphatically stated that every claim in An Inconvenient Truth “... has been refuted scientifically. The fact is only a fraction of the scientific community continues to deny that environmental damage is being done by the continuous warming of Earth.

Oh, and he also admitted he had never seen the movie.

The old curmudgeon ...

Some 4,000 U.S. troops will soon move into Baghdad where “violence ... is still terrible,” as Bush said last week. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley called the deployment “Phase II,” but another White House official corrected him, saying there was no Phase II in the original plan.

“This is more like Plan B,” he said.

The verdict is in, folks. We’ve turned our government over to imbeciles.