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Inhofe Message for Heartland Climate Conference
June 30, 2011

Posted by Matt Dempsey

Inhofe Message for Heartland Climate Conference

To my friends attending the Heartland Climate Conference today in Washington DC,

I am sorry that I will not be able to join you today at the Heartland Institute’s sixth International Conference on Climate Change.  Unfortunately, I am under the weather, but I did want to send a short note to say thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Your efforts have gone a long way to stop the global warming alarmist agenda.

It is my hope that over the next two days you will take a little time to note the tremendous successes we have enjoyed. Remember, the last time this conference was held in Washington was just weeks after the House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey global warming cap-and-trade bill. With an overwhelming Democratic majority in the Senate, many predicted that the bill would sail through the Senate and be signed into law by President Obama in time for the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen.

But, just as I told you we would at that Conference, we succeeded in defeating the bill by exposing the huge costs that would be imposed on the American people for no environmental gain. I said that Senate Democrats would not be able to go back to their constituents and justify voting for the largest tax increase in American history. Further undermining the effort was the latest science which showed that there was no “consensus” on global warming. For those who are here at this Conference, the revelations uncovered just a few months later in the Climategate scandal came as no surprise. 

Today the mood in Washington is significantly different.  Everyone readily admits that cap-and-trade legislation is dead on Capitol Hill—even our good friend, Senator Boxer. So our efforts have shifted to stopping President Obama from imposing through regulation what he was unable to achieve through legislation.  I am pleased that the House has passed the Upton-Inhofe bill—which would stop the EPA’s cap-and-trade agenda—with overwhelming bipartisan support. In the Senate, we are ten votes short. But I would point out that sixty-four members sent a clear message to the administration that the Obama-EPA needs to be reined in.

And President Obama has received the message loud and clear: you don’t often hear him speak about global warming, much to the consternation of Al Gore. He understands that the green agenda is not popular but that doesn’t mean he has given up trying to implement it. Take a good close look at the President’s administration.  With sky high unemployment and a weak economy, who does he ask to head the Department of Commerce? The founder of the Natural Resource Defense Council, John Bryson. That’s right, a committed green activist who supported legislation that would have imposed huge costs on consumers and shipped American jobs overseas. Why did Bryson like cap-and-trade? Simple, because it was a “hidden tax.” And while the cap-and-trade bill would devastate the economy, he said it was a “modest, but acceptable” approach. I hope you agree with me that our work is far from over and we now have to focus on holding back the regulatory overreach and oppose nominees who have the mistaken belief that Government is the answer, when we know that more often than not it is the problem.

Let me conclude by saying how grateful I am to the Heartland Institute and everyone who is participating at this conference. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing you at the next conference.

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