What could be more out of place than a Republican in an ACORN office? Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) at a global-warming conference. The leading Congressional skeptic of global warming plans his first trip to the annual conference in six years to act as the “only voice” of opposition, and hopes to force the attendees to deal with rising skepticism about the claims of climate-change advocates:

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Wednesday he would travel to this fall’s climate change summit in Copenhagen to serve as a “one-man truth squad.”

A noted skeptic of global warming, Inhofe pledged to present “another view” on climate change during the December summit to hash out an international climate change agreement. …

The Oklahoma Republican has long called global warming science a “hoax,” and has repeatedly warned that regulatory schemes to abate carbon and other polluting emissions would be excessively harmful to the economy. He said Wednesday on C-SPAN that passing the current cap-and-trade bills before Congress would result in a tax and be a “ludicrous” idea.

I’m going to try to get Senator Inhofe on one of next week’s shows to talk more about his trip to Copenhagen. He traveled to the Milan conference in 2003, and I’m curious to get his evaluation of his efforts there and whether he impacted the debate there. I suspect that the conferees will not be happy to have dissent in their midst, and the key will be whether they treat this as a scientific question or a political question. I’m guessing they treated it as the latter in 2003, and that it won’t improve in 2009.

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