Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) attended the Copenhagen summit separate from the gang of 20-or-so Congressional global warming, and cap and tax advocates. Without Inhofe, we would know nothing about these arrogant politicians traveling on our millions, some taking family along in three luxurious military jets. The number was actually 101-or-so when Senators flying commercial with staff are counted.
Note that it was well-known before the summit, that Copenhagen would yield nothing. Still yet, swimming against the tide of strong American opposition to the goals of Copenhagen, our elected officials took a vacation courtesy of the taxpayer. The official line is that there was a need to "show support." Why should we support failure and spend millions to do so? We have let these people get away with this for so many years. How will we ever turn it around?
Also note that no one in Copenhagen was interested in Inhofe's message. That is clear evidence that the Senator has had a tremendous impact in fighting the global warming insanity. What greater honor than to have this gang ignore your message. Politico mentions that Inhofe was wearing black snakeskin cowboy boots (I can hear the derision in the printed words). Inhofe called global warming a hoax, and told the few gathered that the U.S. Senate will not pass cap and trade. And a der Speigel reporter told him he was "ridiculous." At this time ClimateGate had already broken...and this reporter calls Inhofe "ridiculous?"
Inhofe, a well-spoken and well-informed global warming opponent, gave CBS News some details. Why would CBS go to a Republican for the scoop? Because Democrats are not talking. Here's Inhofe:
Senator Inhofe is one of the few who provided us any detail. He attended the summit on his own for just a few hours, to give an "opposing view."
"They're going because it's the biggest party of the year," Sen. Inhofe said. "The worst thing that happened there is they ran out of caviar."According to CBS:
Our investigation found that the congressional delegation was so large, it needed three military jets: two 737's and a Gulfstream Five -- up to 64 passengers -- traveling in luxurious comfort.Here's the math:
Add senators and staff, most of whom flew commercial, and we counted at least 101 Congress-related attendees. All for a summit that failed to deliver a global climate deal.
As a perk, some took spouses, since they could snag an open seat on a military jet or share a room at no extra cost to taxpayers. Rep. Cabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was there with her husband. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito was also there with her husband. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) took his wife, as did Rep. Jim Sensebrenner (R-WI) -- a climate change skeptic -- even brought along his daughter.
# Three military jets at $9,900 per hour - $168,000 just in flight time.Here's the size of the carbon footprint, and I question the implication that carbon dioxide is "climate-stunting." Nevertheless, all that carbon footprint business is Liberal rhetoric, designed to harness our way of life, but not theirs:
# Dozens flew commercial at up to $2,000 each.
# 321 hotel nights booked - the bulk at Copenhagen's five-star Marriott.
# Meals add tens of thousands more.
And all those attendees who went to the summit rather than hooking up by teleconference? They produced enough climate-stunting carbon dioxide to fill 10,000 Olympic swimming pools. Which means even if Congress didn't get a global agreement - they left an indelible footprint all the same.Inhofe says he made the trip to the frigid conference, which experienced record snowfalls, to correct what Senators Barbara Boxer and "maybe" John Kerry might say - that "we're going to pass climate change legislation." Inhofe said:
I want to make sure they know it's dead and it's not going to pass the United States Senate. It's not even close."The above statement was made in early December - perhaps before we knew the lengths of disgrace this Senate will go to secure a vote. See the video below - which is a very good discussion - and don't miss, toward the end at about 5:36 minutes-in when Inhofe reveals why Liberals will not consider a simple carbon tax.
A little interesting tidbit: the interviewer here is CNN's Kiran Chetry. Remember when she jumped ship from FOX's Saturday morning FOX and Friends? When E.D. Hill left the top- rated weekday FOX and Friends, Kiran was a tad upset that Gretchen Carlson was chosen as E.D.'s replacement. She and husband, a FOX meteorologist, jumped the deck of the sleek racing vessel at FOX to the sinking barge at CNN.
Back at Copenhagen, it is doubtful that frigid weather and record-breaking snowfalls kept the caviar or champagne from flowing, (until it ran out). Five-star Marriotts can throw a pretty good party.
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