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A worker pulls a refuse bin as he and others clean up the beach area in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011. The U.N. weather office says world temperatures maintained a long-term upward trend and Arctic sea ice shrank to record low volumes this year. The report by the International Meteorological Organization, released in Geneva and at the U.N. climate talks Tuesday, provided a bleak backdrop to negotiators seeking ways to limit pollution blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) A worker pulls a refuse bin as he and others clean up the beach area in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011. The U.N. weather office says world temperatures maintained a long-term upward trend and Arctic sea ice shrank to record low volumes this year. The report by the International Meteorological Organization, released in Geneva and at the U.N. climate talks Tuesday, provided a bleak backdrop to negotiators seeking ways to limit pollution blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  

Inhofe sends taunting video to UN climate conference

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

The same day Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), declared victory in his fight against the “global warming movement,” California Democratic EPW Chairwoman Sen. Barbara Boxer reaffirmed her commitment to fighting global warming and the “climate change deniers.”

In a video played at a Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) press conference at the Summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday, Inhofe eulogized the Kyoto process and the end of the global warming movement.

“For the past decade, I have been the leader in the United States Senate standing up against global warming alarmism and cap-and-trade, which would have been the largest tax increase in American history,” he said. “This victory is especially important today, as families in America and around the world continue to face tough economic times. Tossing out any remote possibility of a U.N. global warming treaty is one of the most important things we can do for the economy.”

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According to Inhofe, nobody cares what is going on in Durban now, and President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate are ignoring the happenings at the U.N. framework this year.

“The message from Washington to the U.N. delegates in South Africa this week could not be any clearer: You are being ignored. And you are being ignored by your biggest allies in the United States: President Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate,” he said, noting that just two years ago Obama traveled to the climate change conference in Copenhagen to “tell the world that the United States was ready to join the United Nations efforts and implement costly global warming regulations through cap-and-trade legislation.”

While Inhofe contends nobody cares about the goings on in Durban, Boxer took to the airwaves to send her own video message to the U.N. conference, which she said would also be distributed by her staff representing her in Durban.

“I am here today as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to send a clear message to the Summit of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa,” she said at a press conference. “And that message is this: There are leaders in the U.S. Congress who understand the urgent threat facing the globe, and despite reports to the contrary, many members of Congress are committed to lessening the impacts of unchecked climate change.”

In addition to asserting the soundness of the science behind climate change and boasting of several administration policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, Boxer had a message for “climate deniers,” like Inhofe.

“The message I have for climate deniers is this: You are endangering human kind. It is time for climate deniers to face reality, because the body of evidence is overwhelming and the world’s leading scientists agree,” she said, adding that “wishing that climate change will go away” will not solve the problem.

While Boxer warned against “deniers,” Inhofe concluded his remarks by saying that skeptics are everywhere and ready to celebrate the death of the global warming movement.

“You should know that global warming skeptics everywhere wish we could be with you celebrating the final nail in the coffin on location in South Africa,” he concluded his remarks to the press conference in Durban. “And … tell Al Gore hello for me.”

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