Inhofe to climate conference: Nobody’s listening any more
posted at 10:50 am on December 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Two years ago, the Obama administration practically staged an airlift of leading Democratic officials to the UN climate conference in Copenhagen. Barack Obama himself made an appearance, as did Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and even Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, who went to represent the AGW skeptics and demand answers to the then-breaking Climategate scandal. In the end, Obama could only produce a non-binding agreement that even he didn’t agree to sign, while domestic support for climate-change policy collapsed underneath him.
Fast forward two years. We have Climategate 2.0 accompanying another UN conference on climate change, this time in Durban. The one big difference? The White House has completely ignored it. Senator Inhofe sends his greetings to the Durban conference and gleefully points out that they have become irrelevant:
Hello, I am Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican Senator from Oklahoma. Today, I’m happy to bring you the good news about the complete collapse of the global warming movement and the failure of the Kyoto Protocol, as world leaders meet for the United Nations global warming conference in Durban, South Africa. For the past decade, I have been the leader in the United States Senate standing up against global warming alarmism and cap-and-trade, which would have been the largest tax increase in American history. This victory is especially important today, as families in America and around the world continue to face tough economic times. Tossing out any remote possibility of a UN global warming treaty is one of the most important things we can do for the economy.
I am making this announcement from Washington DC – where I am confident that the only person left talking about global warming is me. The message from Washington to the UN delegates in South Africa this week could not be any clearer: you are being ignored. And you are being ignored by your biggest allies in the United States: President Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate.
There is good reason for this – just two years ago, President Obama, along with members of his administration, several members of the Congressional Democratic leadership, and Al Gore, travelled to Copenhagen to tell the world that the United States was ready to join the United Nations efforts and implement costly global warming regulations through cap-and-trade legislation. Knowing this was nothing but a lie, I made the trip to Copenhagen as a one-man truth squad to inform the 191 countries in attendance that there was no way the United States Senate would ever pass global warming cap-and-trade. They didn’t like it, but I was right and they were wrong. Now, two years later, my colleagues are nowhere to be found at the latest conference.
Nevertheless, President Obama and his allies in the far left environmental movement are working under the radar to impose global warming restrictions in the United States through regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. As you will remember, even Lisa Jackson, Obama’s EPA Administrator has admitted publically that US action alone would not reduce world CO2 emisssions. Now that the UN global warming movement has completely collapsed, why is President Obama still determined to move forward with costly global warming regulations that will destroy our economy while providing no meaningful environmental benefits?
To make matters worse, President Obama is doing this even though the entire basis of these global warming regulations rests on the science of the now discredited UN IPCC. Of course, the IPCC has refused to reform its process, and I can only assume this is because doing so would undermine those in the Obama Administration who called the IPCC the “gold standard” of climate science.
So even though we’ve had many victories our fight isn’t over. Today we are working to stop President Obama from achieving quietly through regulation what he could not achieve through legislation.
I had originally hoped to join the party in Durban with my good friends and allies from CFACT. I understand that Craig Rucker, Lord Moncton and my former Communications Director Marc Morano are on the ground in Durban to tell whatever press is actually covering the UN Conference the real story.
I am particularly pleased that Marc will be releasing his A-Z Climate Reality Check report. This report shows that on virtually every claim – from A-Z – the promoters of man-made climate fears are failing and the global warming movement is suffering a scientific death of a thousand cuts. It categorizes and indexes the full range of climate developments. It includes key facts, peer-reviewed studies and the latest data and developments with links for further reading, on an exhaustive range of man-made global warming claims.
But let’s also remember that even though cap and trade legislation is gone…done…dead, President Obama is going full force in his efforts to pass these destructive regulations through the EPA. And even if we defeat Obama in the 2012 elections, they’re still out there. Moveon.org, George Soros, Michael Moore, and the Hollywood elites are not going to give up – and they’ve got the press and unlimited resources on their side. So it’s not over yet.
Let me end by thanking my friends from CFACT for organizing this press conference today. We have worked closely together to expose this costly agenda for years. You should know that global warming skeptics everywhere wish we could be with you celebrating the final nail in the coffin on location in South Africa. And…tell Al Gore hello for me.
There is one other difference, related to the first: the American media has barely mentioned this conference. Two years ago, it got wall-to-wall coverage. It’s not just the White House that’s ignoring the global-warming hysterics in 2011.