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September 27, 2013

Inhofe Statement on IPCC Climate Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today made the following statement regarding the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes’ (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report:

“Today’s release of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Summary for Policymakers proves that the UN is more interested in advancing a political agenda than scientific integrity. The IPCC glossed over the ongoing fifteen-year pause in temperature increases and did nothing to suggest that their predictions might be wrong.  With climate change regulations expecting to cost the U.S. economy millions of jobs and between $300 billion and $400 billion in lost GDP a year, we can’t afford to act on politically charged media alarmism.  Let’s not forget the article published in the New York Times in 1975 that reported ‘a major cooling of the planet’ was ‘widely considered inevitable.’  To me, this all appears to be business as usual.” 

Yesterday, Inhofe filed two climate change related amendments to the Continuing Resolution:

Amendment 1997, would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  It is cosponsored by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the ranking member of the EPW Committee.

Amendment 1996, would prohibit the Administration from participating in international climate change negotiations unless the U.S. offers an addendum to the latest IPCC report stating that anthropogenic climate change is a scientifically unproven theory.


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