Inhofe Calls Europeans “Dumb”

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Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) paid a surprise visit to the Heritage Foundation Thursday, dropping in for a panel discussion on his favorite subject: climate change. The Senate’s most virulent global warming denier, Inhofe was greeted with cheers of “our hero!” at the conservative think tank. After launching in to his usual spiel about climate change as the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people, Inhofe went on to criticize President Obama’s decision to address the upcoming climate treaty negotiations in Copenhagen next week. He said he thought the Europeans must believe Obama is some sort of king considering the way they are gushing over his promise to commit the US to reducing greenhouse gasses. “You would be shocked about how dumb some of these guys over there are,” he said.

Inhofe said he’s been making the rounds of Danish radio shows to explain that just because Obama says the US will commit to greenhouse gas reductions doesn’t mean it actually will cut emissions. Observing that Obama doesn’t have the votes for a cap and trade bill, he said he was appalled about how little the Europeans understood the critical importance of the American Congress. Inhofe reiterated his plans to attend the meeting in Copenhagen as a “one-man truth squad,” (though he admitted his squad will actually have three other people on it). With a few more snappy one-liners about how global warming hysteria is a pretext for population control and some digs at George Soros, Inhofe dismissed talk that he would be the Richard Pombo of 2010, and then took off for a vote on the Hill.

 

 

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