December 17th, 2009
12:17 PM ET
8 years ago

Inhofe: Copenhagen conference 'has failed'

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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. Mitch

    Inhofe = PURE ignorance.

    December 17, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. kr

    Another senator from OK and I know that this gives you celebration delights. I just wanted to say you have been in the party of NO since day one and that was your main goal to stay in the party OF NO.

    December 17, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. HarryB

    Typical comment from the last remaining Luddite and "Flat Earther". Except for the Teabaggers, no one takes this guy seriously.

    December 17, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Matt

    Inhofe has received more than $1 million in campaign donations from oil and coal interests over the last decade. Follow the money folks. Where is the alterior motive in trying to stop pollution? In trying to keep polluting, the alterior motive is clear – $$$$$$$$

    If you really want to believe that global warming is a hoax then fine, obviously no amount of reason will change your mind, so try this – look at the concentrations of asthma related illnesses and deaths in the country and how they correlate to regions immediately upwind from coal-fired power plants. Would all you people who think there are no consequences to burning fossil fuels like to move your kids into those neighborhoods?

    Trying to reduce toxic emmissions into our envirnment is not a sinister plot – poisoning the environment (and the people in it) for profit is.

    December 17, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Lee, California

    Is he speaking for OK or the United States, because I for one disagree with him and he does not represent this state. So I would think he would tone his rhetoric down a bit and realize his place in the Senate. The UNITED STATES elected ONE PRESIDENT to speak for the UNITED STATES, not ONE SENATOR from OK. So until you are elected to represent the UNITED STATES Senator, STFU!

    December 17, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. tom

    Stop the presses! Hold your Blackberrys! James Imhofe thinks the Copenhagen Conference has failed!

    Imhofe's "prepared remarks" were probably prepared a year ago. C'mon, CNN – how can you present his utterly predictable statement as "news"?

    December 17, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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