December 17th, 2009
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Inhofe: Copenhagen conference 'has failed'

Inhofe: Copenhagen conference 'has failed'.

Inhofe: Copenhagen conference 'has failed'.

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. James Inhofe, a well-known skeptic of global warming, said Thursday in Copenhagen that "there will be no agreement" at the conference and said, "It has failed."

The Oklahoma senator is the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee and said a cap-and-trade bill has no chance of passing the Senate.

"My stated reason for attending Copenhagen was to make certain the 191 countries attending COP-15 would not be deceived into thinking the US would pass cap-and-trade legislation," Inhofe said, according to prepared remarks. "That won't happen. And for the sake of the American people, and the economic well-being of America, that's a good thing."

President Obama pledged $1 billion on Wednesday to help protect rainforests around the world. Inhofe said it's "too much" and that "taxpayers won't be pleased" with how their money is being spent.

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  1. Jim

    Inhofe is the failure.

    December 17, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Failed from day one!

    December 17, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Rob

    No Senator Inhofe, it's not a complete failure. It was a chance for all of these environmentally conscious people to fly in on their private airplanes, ride in their limos, eat their fancy food, and play "Gee I Feel Good About Myself" grab-ass for a couple weeks.

    Nothing like a bunch of hypocrites spouting a bunch of lies.

    December 17, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. southerncousin

    How much money have we spent to participate in a failed conference that was supposed to solve a problem that does not exist? Way to go liberals. More waste and fraud you and the liar in chief have perpetrated on the hard working non dope smokers of America.

    December 17, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. RichP the Pocono's

    Gee, wonder why. Hiding a scam gets harder over time. Tightening up on emissions is one thing, creating a money scheme like cap and trade is just too much temptation for people of questionable honesty but sad to say thats who runs for office now a days.

    December 17, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Inhofe has to be the most clueless of republican senators, and that says a lot. To be more lame than Ensign, Vitters, DeMint, Kyl, Bunning, McConnell, or Coburn, puts him in a class all by himself.

    Inhofe has helped direct Uganda's anti gay policy with his "C" Street cronies.

    If he is a Christian, I wonder why he would gamble against Jesus.

    December 17, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Oklahoma has the two dumbest Senators in history with Coburn and Inhofe.

    December 17, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "My stated reason for attending Copenhagen was to make certain the 191 countries attending COP-15 would not be deceived into thinking the US would pass cap-and-trade legislation..."
    Guess I'll be eating and breathing and drinking toxins for years to come, eh, Inhofe.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    December 17, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Inhofe continues to fail the people he was elected to represent.

    December 17, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Dustin

    That's right. I for one am very upset that my tax dollars will be spent on one of the largest sources of Oxygen on the planet. I mean who really needs to breath anymore?

    December 17, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. What a guy!

    Sure think it's great Obama will give $1 billion to protect rainforests. What a guy! I trust it will come out of his personal pockets - and not ours?

    December 17, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. dude palin

    You in the gop make me ill..Would you please do what is right for our country and quit giving a crap about where your next vote comes from !

    December 17, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Randolph Carter. I'm no expert but...

    Hey James, Where are we going to get oxygen from when they cut down the last tree? Have a nice day!

    December 17, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Other reasons for failure: American arrogance toward the Third World, Gore's insufferability, Obama's overreaching and naivete, impossibility of concerted action to prevent global Koyaanisqattsi ("Life Out of Balance") ... .

    December 17, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Linda

    If my money is going to go towards protecting rainforests around the world, then so be it! It would be worth every penny spent.


    December 17, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Inhofe graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 38 and there is no further education record indicating he has a degree in science or any other environmental degree. People you need to check these representatives education background which will stop all their false propaganda. If you're studying to get your degree in science don't let them steal your sacrifices and years of education which you have worked hard for and they haven't just because they are politicians, it will only hurt you in the end. Think about it.

    December 17, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Silence Dogoode

    Yay! where do we send contributions to Inhofe? Oklahoma? Think i will drive my hummer there!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. katiec

    I am so sick of the party of NOthing trying to destroy everything and anything that is beneficial for us and our country.
    And, they have the nerve to brag about and glorify in their actions.
    I do hope all voters memories or long come next elections and
    vote out all of those who refuse to represent us.
    When all republicans in the House voted against Finance Reform,
    they told us loud and clear that big business will always be their
    first priority.
    They have and will continue to totally sell out the American people.

    December 17, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. SY

    While the Democrats certainly must take some responsibility for dragging out the health care reform debate, let there be no misunderstanding that it is Republicans who are bound and determined, through any means necessary, to ruin anything and everything the President, the Democrats, and this country need to do to make things better for all.

    The media contributes, day after day after day with polls that are senseless but contribute to the emotional depression of the country. Republicans obstruct, obstruct, obstruct. Why would we think we can clean up this environment, regardless of why it needs cleaning up, when it has taken decades or centuries to ruin it. Many people have gotten wealthy while harming the environment. Why should it be free or voluntary to clean it up! Inhofe and his cronies are a sin against nature.

    December 17, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Carmen, Miami FL

    Another example of how repellant Republicans are. Inhoffe a climate change skeptic? More like ignorant climate change denier.

    The rest of the world has moved on from whether climate change is happening or whether it's being accelerated by human action. Everyone else has looked at the science and is focusing on what we can do, while Republicans and other morons are sticking their heads in the sand knowing full well that they're hurting the country, the world, and our future. Absolutely disgusting.

    December 17, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Tom in Delaware

    Hey CNN, why no reports on the thousands arrested at Copenhagen....if one 'tea-bagger' had been arrested you'd have run the story 24 hours a day....hypocrites.

    December 17, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Len in Washington

    "His Majesty Inhofe" has spoken!

    Where does this guy get off making a statement like this?

    While he and his cronnies are jetting to Denmark to save the bacon of the industrialists that keep them in office, Americans are dying because they have no insurance. What crap.

    December 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Suzanne

    I am very proud of the fact that my tax dollars are doing something to save our planet. Sen. Inofe needs to wake up and realize that if we don't do anything then his granchildren won't have any place to go hunting or fishing! Because there will be no wildlife to hunt or fish and most of all no air to breathe!

    December 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Steph

    How many things will they prematurely say has "failed"? More proof that the GOP is a bunch of do-nothing quitters. Thank God they aren't in power any more.

    GOP motto – "when the going gets tough just say no and quit"

    December 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    Dear Senator James Inhofe,
    I believe that everyone has a right to their opinion, that is freedom of thought and speech, but to take advatage of that right and accuse everyone to follow your way or no way, is denying everyone else the freedom of thought and opinion. Freedom of speech should not be taken advatage that way; that is severely disrespecting our founding fathers' dreams. Also, by that statement, you are saying that us not taking responsibility to improving our environment is a good thing economically. Senator, the environment affects all 6.7 billion of us, and yes that includes you senator inhofe. By that, you are saying that you want my generation to suffer the cosenquences of inaction by your generation. Here is some historical, proven evidence for you senator. Science shows that some glaciers that have been here up to 400 million years, are now all of a sudden melting; science shows that it can't be happening on its own. We humans have severly sped up warming in our atmosphere by the carbon emissions we produce from our cars, houses, and buildings. It is time for us to take responsibility for once in our lifetime, and become part of the solution, not the problem. I know that there will be people who will disagree with me here, but whatever you guys say, it is not going to change the fact that the evironment is our duty to take care of. There is no and, ifs, or buts about that.

    December 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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