Nov 20, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
WASHINGTON â€” U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, perhaps Congressâ€™ most vocal skeptic of man-made global warming, essentially declared victory Wednesday in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor.
â€œI proudly declare 2009 as the â€˜Year of the Skeptic,â€™ the year in which scientists who question the so-called global warming consensus are being heard,â€™â€™ the Oklahoma Republican said.
â€œUntil this year, any scientist, reporter or politician who dared raise even the slightest suspicion about the science behind global warming was dismissed and repeatedly mocked.â€™â€™
Inhofe recalled his own 2003 remarks in which he said much of the debate over global warming was predicated on fear rather than science.
Alarmists warned of a future plagued by catastrophic flooding, economic dislocations, droughts and mosquito-borne diseases, he said.
Inhofe also recalled his most famous comment in which he suggested that man-made global warming would turn out to be â€œthe greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.â€
â€œToday, I have been vindicated,â€™â€™ he said.
Inhofe pointed to the upcoming international conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, which previously was viewed as a chance for nations to make some kind of a binding agreement on greenhouse gases.
White House aides said Sunday that a fully binding legal agreement would be put off until a December 2010 meeting in Mexico City, The Associated Press reported.
Inhofe said Wednesday that â€œthe reality, of course, is that Copenhagen will be a disaster.â€™â€™
Inhofe is the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He recently helped lead a Republican boycott of that panelâ€™s efforts to act on a major climate change bill.
Democrats were forced to vote the measure out of committee without amendments, and an effort already is under way to come up with a different bill.
That measure now is not expected to be taken up in the Senate until next year.