Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Has Inhofe changed his tune on global warming? Reporters stay OUT

We all know that the ever-colorful Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has a consistent record of denial when it comes to global warming.

"Man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," is how the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee likes to put it.

But now it turns out that Inhofe has scheduled a closed-door forum of his Senate committee on May 25 to examine possible greenhouse gas reduction technologies.

Wait a minute. Given that Inhofe has declared global warming is a hoax, why is he even holding such a session?

It probably has to do with the one congressional priority that trumps all ideology and substance: preservation of turf.

A separate Senate committee – Energy and Natural Resources – has also been investigating strategies to deal with global warming. Inhofe’s extremist views threaten to become irrelevant.
The details of the Inhofe “forum” remain hush-hush.

One thing we do know: according to today’s BNA Daily Environment Report, reporters will NOT be allowed in the room, though they apparently will be allowed to interview the still-secret panelists after the fact.

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