BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: February 13, 2010

/> "It’s really just been funny more than anything else,” she said. "Ninety-nine percent of this has been such a positive experience.”

Rapert said, however, that Olbermann’s criticism of her children was over the line.

The igloo and the signs apparently touched a nerve in a region that has gotten more snow this winter than it has in a century, and global warming advocates were quick to respond to the sentiment.

The Center for American Progress, a think tank, organized a news conference call to "discuss how heavier, more frequent snowstorms and other extreme weather events are consistent with the predictions of leading climate scientists throughout the world that global warming is occurring.”

According to the center, the U.S. Global Change Research Program concluded that the strongest cold-season storms would be stronger and more frequent as the planet warms.

And Michael Dorsey, professor of global environmental policy at Dartmouth College, said in a statement: "While snow falls in footloads in D.C., on the other side of the planet, Rio was hotter than Sahara.”

Inhofe, who frequently challenges the science behind global warming on the Senate floor, spoke Thursday. He mentioned the igloo and said, "I think it is interesting to those of us who have been stuck in Washington for the last three days because of the weather — it is a record; we have not had anything like this, the snowfall and temperatures, in the recorded history of Washington, D.C., — that they are now talking about starting a new agency under NOAA.

"That is the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. That is all we need, is one more bureaucracy to talk about global warming.”

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