Think Progress on Thursday was forced to back down from the claim that "it's so hot in Oklahoma that the streetlights are melting."
As evidence, the left-leaning blog had posted a photo of a street lamp that was in fact partially melted:
"WOW. It’s so hot in Oklahoma that the streetlights are melting. Today could be the hottest day in Oklahoma City history, 114 degrees," the post stated. "Meanwhile, a senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe (R), is a major climate denier."
It seems the light had actually melted due to a dumpster fire the night before.
Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV -- which first posted the photo -- put up a second one on Facebook with the note: "The cause was not the Oklahoma heat but a burning dumpster over the weekend."
Think Progress subsequently updated their post with the following:
Correction: The lamp was standing pretty close to a recent fire, so it’s likely they didn’t melt from the heat. Here’s what the photographer said:“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!”
All that said, it’s still very hot.
Sen. Inhofe, who was hit with tweets over the initial photo, said in a statement afterward to the Daily Caller: “This isn’t the first time alarmists have tried these stunts and it certainly won’t be the last — when will they finally realize they’ve lost this debate?”
(h/t Daily Caller)