Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, Congress’ leading skeptic of man-made global warming, kicked off his statement today about the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by telling EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, “I really do like you.”
He also praised her for focusing attention on the huge pollution site in northeastern Oklahoma called Tar Creek.
Then, however, he proceeded to criticize the science of global warming, saying it had been cooked and shouldn’t have been used by the EPA to formulate a rule on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Inhofe’s comments came at a hearing of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Inhofe is the top Republican on the panel.
Inhofe, famous for using the word “hoax” in relation to global warming, used it again today.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the chairman of the committee, mentioned in her opening statement the igloo built by Inhofe’s family members in Washington during the snow storm of two weeks ago. At the same time the igloo was being built _ and tagged by Inhofe’s grandchildren as Al Gore’s new home _ Brazil was suffering from record heat and Olympics organizers in Vancouver were trucking in snow, Boxer said.
“I don’t claim that any of these events proves or disproves climate change,” Boxer said. She said the proof is in longer range statistics, such as this: the last decade was the hottest on record since records began being kept 130 years ago.
The hearing on the EPA’s budget, which should be a routine annual exercise, is this year a fight over climate change and the agency’s efforts on that front.