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08/27/2013 05:12 pm ET

Tom Coburn: 'I'm A Global Warming Denier. I Don't Deny That.'

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 15: Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., holds a news conference to unveil a new report on the Defense Departme
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 15: Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., holds a news conference to unveil a new report on the Defense Department, which he referred to as the 'Department of Everything.' Coburn said the Pentagon could 'save $67.9 billion over ten years by making specific cuts to non-defense defense spending.' (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

In a speech to the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce on Monday night, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) gladly accepted a moniker that is most often used as a slur: "global warming denier."

"I am a global warming denier. I don't deny that."

The climate is changing, and has been as long as there has been a climate, he said.

As a physician and a man of science, Coburn said he thinks the evidence points that the Earth is moving into a "mini-ice age."

It's not exactly a new stance for Coburn. He's previously called climate change "malarkey" and referred to the people who believe the science that indicates it is happening as "climate scare people."

To be fair, Coburn isn't a big fan of political science, either.

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