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Inhofe Statement on Obama Administration’s International Climate Plan
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement on the Obama administration’s pledge for the United States to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change:
"The Obama administration’s pledge to the United Nations today will not see the light of day with the 114th Congress. This pledge is reflective of the promise President Obama made with China in December, which allows China to continue to expand its energy infrastructure and increase emissions through 2030 while American taxpayers and businesses foot the bill of his extremist global warming agenda. Under the Clean Power Plan, China will emit more emissions in one month than the $479 billion regulation will reduce in one year, rendering the miniscule environmental benefits pointless while simultaneously shipping American jobs overseas. Following the U.S.-China deal, Gallup released a poll showing that Americans have developed a more positive view of our environment. In fact, concern for global warming is hovering around near record lows. As the Obama administration continues to pursue a radical agenda on global warming, it’s clear Americans are beginning to question if the cost of billions of dollars to our economy and tens of thousands of lost job opportunities is really worth it for potentially no gain. When a treaty comes before the Senate, I fully expect for a majority of my colleagues to stand with the rest of Americans who want affordable energy and more economic opportunity, neither of which will be obtainable with the president’s current climate deal."