James Inhofe isn't the dumbest Republican buddy of Stephen Harper. That honour would of course go to George Bush, with Jim Sensenbrenner running a close second.
But, like John Baird, Inhofe is a walking caricature, who saved one his best performances for Copenhagen.
Harper may have made Canada a laughing stock, as we were named the Colossal Fossil, but Inhofe also earned himself a few chuckles during his brief cameo performance.
Of interest here when discussing this U.S. Senator; Reformer Rob Anders once worked for him as a professional heckler. Yes folks. Apparently that's a real job. Who knew?
You can watch the video of Anders here, who earned himself the label: "foreign political saboteur"
But before you think that James Inhofe is really concerned with the 'hoax' of climate change, a couple of things to note. Inhofe received a total of $662, 506.00 in contributions from the oil lobby and $152,800.00 from the coal lobby. We know what side his climate change is buttered on.
Jim Inhofe gets cool reception in Denmark
'The United States is not going to pass a cap and trade,' Sen. Jim Inhofe told reporters in Copenhagen. 'It's just not going to happen.'
By LOUISE ROUG
December 19, 2009
COPENHAGEN — Sen. Jim Inhofe flew across the Atlantic and — on little sleep — braved the snow, the cold and the dark to deliver his skeptical message at the international climate conference.
What he found when he got here: a few aides and a single reporter.
“I think he’s going to be a little disappointed,” one of his aides remarked. Inhofe was at least impatient.
The ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hoped to spread two messages in Copenhagen: Global warming is a hoax, and there’s no way the Senate is going to pass a cap-and-trade bill.
But it was early morning when he arrived at the Bella Center, and the halls were still half-deserted. He walked quickly, brushing off an aide who suggested that he slow down and take a breath.
“I don’t want to breathe — I want to get something done,” he said.
The senator didn’t have any meetings scheduled in Copenhagen, and he did not see chief U.S. negotiator Todd Stern or the members of the House delegation, who were not scheduled to fly in until later in the afternoon.
But Inhofe’s aides eventually rustled up a group of reporters, and the Oklahoman — wearing black snakeskin cowboy boots — held forth from the top of a flight of stairs in the conference media center.
“We in the United States owe it to the 191 countries to be well-informed and know what the intentions of the United States are. The United States is not going to pass a cap and trade,” he said. “It’s just not going to happen.”
A reporter asked: “If there’s a hoax, then who’s putting on this hoax, and what’s the motive?”
“It started in the United Nations,” Inhofe said, “and the ones in the United States who really grab ahold of this is the Hollywood elite.”
One reporter asked Inhofe if he was referring to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Another reporter — this one from Der Spiegel — told the senator: “You’re ridiculous.”
Inhofe ignored the jab, fielded a few more questions, then raced to the airport for the nine-hour flight back to Washington.
After Inhofe left, some reporters were still a bit confused about what had happened and who he was.
“His name is Inhofe,” a German journalist told a Japanese reporter, “but I don’t know if it’s one or two f’s.”