December 17th, 2009
12:17 PM ET
11 months ago

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. Rick McDaniel

    Absolutely no surprise to me.

    December 17, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Terry from West Texas

    A typical Conservative leader. Oil money has persuaded him that climate change cannot be true. If climate change is a fact and we recognize that fact and we develop alternative energy sources, THEN oil company income will drop.

    To America's unpatriotic Conservative leaders, the choice is not between a green earth or a scorched earth, the choice is between a new Lexus or a year-old Lexus, a vacation in the Swiss Alps or a vacation in Vail, and a $3,000 suit or a $1,000 suit. That choice, for them at least, is clear. I mean, who could walk around in a cheap suit?

    December 17, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    We weren't pleased with the destruction in Iraq and the loss of our kids' lives in Iraq and Afghanistan either - and they are still costing us billions a month, Idiot.

    Republicans need to get off the killing spree and the destruction spree and do something FOR this world and all the people stuck here.

    December 17, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    I'm a taxpayer and I am pleased. What displeases me is that their are so many ignorant people, like Inhofe, in my country and government. Keep playing politics, and you can go play at home by yourself.

    December 17, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Tony

    Nice job. No CAP AND TAX. Its a gimick based on junk science. Build more nukes!!!!!

    December 17, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. harvey

    Jim Inhofe, laboring on behalf of the American people, travels to Copenhagen on the taxpayers' dollar to denounce global warming and stand up for what's right with America. Jim Inhofe, working for Americans, who compared the environmental movement to the Third Reich and the EPA to the Gestapo. Jim Inhofe, a United States Senator, who said that global warming is the second largest hoax played on the American people after the separation of church and state. Jim Inhofe is a perfect example, along with Tom Coburn, of what's wrong with Congress and wrong with America.

    December 17, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. GJ

    I think Inhofe has FAILED. He has failed at choosing lobbyists over his constituents, he has failed his already failure of a party by embarassing it with things like this and he is FAILURE at life.

    December 17, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Portland, Maine

    everything is a failure according to the Republicans. But thats the way they want it.

    btw.....an article about climate change and an add for Shell Gas on the same page? come on CNN.....

    December 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Marc

    So Jim 'I don't believe in Ecology' Inhofe says that he is against cap-and-trade and that Copehagen has failed (two days before it ends).
    What else is news in here?

    December 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Marc

    So Jim 'I don't believe in Ecology' Inhofe says that he is against cap-and-trade and that Copehagen has failed (two days before it ends).
    Is this news?
    The guy NEVER EVER did something for the good of the environment. NEVER. He is in the Environment and Public Works Committee only to block, prevent or go against any real environmentalist piece of legislation while promoting anti-environment ones.
    So what is news?

    December 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Crazy Harry

    Surprise! A republican has something negative to say. What a doofus!

    December 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Jane/Seattle

    Hey, why are you giving money away from a bankrupt nation – America? Inhofe blurb in head: Global Capitalists Can't possibly consider our demise ( Climate Disruption) as they are very busy maintaining Domination and Control for PROFITS! How will I get my money for my "work" if we regualte these friends of Politics as Usual? Note to self: Start spreading more Lies and trust the followers to Follow! NoteTo Inhofe: Taxpayers are not pleased with the financial Black Hole called WARS, WARS, WARS, WARS! Plus we are tired of being working poor while you rich people make us pay for your "wants"! This is a total slap in our collective face!

    And we are tired of explaining to little Dickey and Janey why they can't have shoes, a home, better foods, medical care, a decent education and this and that, too!

    December 17, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I also want to say this senator, listen to Linkin Park's song, "What I've Done" and Nickelback's song, "If Everyone Cared." Those songs pretty well sum up what all humanity has done, and what we need to do to improve it. Just listem to those songs, and get a feeling of what a feeling of what we all need to realize and do.

    December 17, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. rs

    A failure- something Republicans (and ONLY) Republicans can find to cheer for. Sick, sick, sick.

    December 17, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. chelle

    Saving the rainforests is a waste of money?? What an idiot – the rainforests are essential for life on this planet. Simply because they are not part of the US does not render them useless. A billion dollars is far better spent on the rainforests than the billions that disappeared while "rebuilding" Iraq!!!

    December 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Dave

    I would hope so. They have been trying in vain to recover from the Climategate emails but how could they? They resort to backpedaling and making up stories to try to cover for the error in their ways but the people have wised up. And they don't even try to hide the fact that the fraud they are perpetrating is just a ruse to enact "global governance". Just look at what Ban Ki-Moon and that Rothschild twit said this week and you'll realize it for yourself.

    December 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Bertina

    Just call him Mr Grinch. He can go stick his head in the sand but global warming is a reality even many fellow republicans agree.

    December 17, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Brook E. Mantia

    I would be pleased as punch if we spent $1 Billion - or more - to save the rainforests of our planet, and I would feel like at last we were putting our hard-earned money towards something worthwhile. Inhofe sounds like a self-centered ignorant jerk. If he doesn't want to preserve the rainforests, maybe he should stop wasting so much oxygen, know what I mean?

    December 17, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Linda Feldman

    The party of failure has spoken.

    December 17, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    He sounds happy !

    December 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. strong

    Failed? Well, what a surprise.

    Now everyone go home and have some crow, I mean turkey.

    December 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. independent

    His is the Party of No evolution, No global warming, No regulatory bodies, No taxes, No negotiations.

    December 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Duck Fallas

    What a tool. Traveled all that way to show the rest of the world first hand what vacuous twits consevatives are. As if they didn't already know!

    Look, Jimmy, just because you live in a God forsaken wasteland doesn't mean everyone else should, too.

    December 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Tulsa Moderate Mule

    sens. coburn and inhofe are an embarrassment to the state of Oklahoma, and i would ask that the rest of US and the world does not look at these men as true representatives of this great state.

    December 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Eric

    People like Inhofe, who put their own self-centered short-term needs above the well being of the entire planet and the billions of lives that will be disrupted by global warming and the many millions and possibly 100s of millions who may die from global warming’s effects on food production especially in the poor countries, should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

    These people are a national disgrace of the highest order. Republicans complain (and rightly so) about how the high national debt is plundering the nation’s financial future and yet they do exactly the same thing when it comes to the environment. Better to maximize short-term profit than plan for climatic change that progresses slowly over time.

    Hypocrisy!

    December 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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