Jan 4, 2005: Senator James Inhofe opens mouth

On January 4th, 2005, Senator James “Global Warming is a Hoax” Inhofe gives a speech in the new Senate. It begins thus;

As I said on the Senate floor on July 28, 2003, “much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science.” I called the threat of catastrophic global warming the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” a statement that, to put it mildly, was not viewed kindly by environmental extremists and their elitist organizations.”

Context: John Kerry and John Edwards (remember him?) had just managed to not become POTUS and VOTUS. The wars were dragging on. The international process of the UNFCCC was in its usual mess. Happy days indeed.

Meanwhile, James Inhofe was invoking a novel by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, the Andromeda Strain etc.) to say that climate change was simply cooked up by the environmental left. State of Fear? State of Despair…

Click on for what the folks at the excellent Real Climate had to say about this speech.  And here’s DeSmogBlog’s page on the man.

Inhofe, by the way, is now ranking minority member of the US Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works. So don’t be expecting the Senate to rush to endorse anything that comes out of Paris later this year. His mere presence has already had a chilling effect on that.

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