Thursday, December 17, 2009

James Inhofe defiant in the lion's den of Copenhagen

Yesterday I posted about Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn's impassioned and reasoned appeal to stop the health care bill.  Today I want to direct your attention to the other senator from Oklahoma who is fighting the good conservative fight in another battle 4000 miles away in Copenhagen:
The leading global warming skeptic in the U.S. Senate shocked reporters in Copenhagen with a dose of American reality with his prediction Thursday morning that the U.S. Senate will not pass a carbon ‘cap and trade’ bill, regardless of the commitment President Obama is expected to make here tomorrow.

“I am here to make sure the 190 countries here don’t go home with the false impression,” said sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. “The United States is not going to pass cap and trade. It just isn’t going to happen. Its chances are zero.”

Inhofe said just 25 Senators would support the type of carbon reduction bill already passed in the House.

Democratic leaders, including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., disagree, and predict the Senate will pass such a bill this spring.

Surrounded by reporters from around the world, including many who believe global warming is real, Inhofe often looked like a lamb on his way to slaughter.

One reporter asked Inhofe “What do you tell the children who have to live in a nightmare world. What should we tell them about your country being a heroin addict on fossil fuel? Answer the question!”

“Most of you are on the far left side, so listen closely. I contend the consensus is not there, and it wasn’t there prior to Climate-gate.”

“Nothing binding will come out of here in my opinion, and if it does it will be rejected by the American people.”

Inhofe is the second member of congress to arrive in Copenhagen. Kerry addressed reporters last night and got a standing ovation inside the Bella Convention Center. By contrast, Inhofe was mobbed inside the press center and was not offered a speaking slot.

Some 40 members of congress are expected to arrive later today. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., will address the press in the afternoon. No Republicans appear to have been extended the same invitation.
You've got to give the senator credit for placing himself in this lion's den.  I pray the Danish police will keep him safe.

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