Wednesday, November 18, 2009

National Journal: Meet the Climate Change Roadblocks

In between committee hearings and rubbing elbows with energy lobbyists, a group of lawmakers is rallying a more public fight to kill Congress' clean energy and climate bill, the National Journal reports.

Not surprisingly, Senator James Inhofe is identified as a key leader of the group. The Oklahoma Senator has long been an outspoken opponent of proactive environmental legislation and has vowed to take his anti science views to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

At the very least, you can bet Mr. Inhofe -- who last election cycle alone took nearly $450,000 in campaign money from big oil and energy interests -- won't be buying carbon offsets for his plane trip to Denmark.

Representative Joe Barton is another climate skeptic who's number one donor is Big Oil. If you visit the Texas Representative's Web site you find an entire policy page refuting the man made causes of climate change.

But Smokey Joe's contributions to the climate debate haven't stopped there: in 2005, he was bold enough to send letters to the Universities of Massachusetts, Virginia and Arizona accusing them of "methodological flaws and data errors" in their climate change studies.

Next on the list of climate change atheists is Inhofe's protege, Senator John Barrosso. The freshman Wyoming Senator has only been in office for 11 months but is already guilty of accepting $169,250 from Big Oil and Dirty Coal, and has called repeatedly for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and off the Alaska coast.

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