Inhofe, EPA administrator tackle greenhouse gas regulation
By Jim Myers, Tulsa World
WASHINGTON â€” U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe on Wednesday not only stood by his famous hoax declaration on global warming, but the Oklahoma Republican somewhat reluctantly tipped his hand on plans to publish a book.
â€œI wonâ€™t tell you what itâ€™s about, but the name of the book is â€˜The Hoax,â€™?â€ he said during testimony before a House subcommittee.
â€œI did finish it last week.â€™â€™
Inhofe was the lead-off witness at a somewhat contentious and lengthy hearing on a proposal that he and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, are pushing essentially to kill the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s ability to regulate greenhouse gases.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the other major attraction at the hearing, testified after Inhofe.
Different sides were drawn years ago on the long-running debate over climate change, its causes and what governments should do or not do to address the issue.
Wednesdayâ€™s hearing at the Subcommittee on Energy and Power followed that script.
That included lengthy statements from members of the panel with limited time for witnesses to respond.
Inhofe and House Republicans on the subcommittee focused on what they consider the enormous costs of EPAâ€™s efforts to regulate greenhouse emissions, the jobs that could be lost and the questions that, in their view, continue to surround climate change science.
Science is mixed, Inhofe said, but the economic impact is not.
â€œIn other words, all pain for no climate gain,â€™â€™ he said in prepared remarks that he ignored so he could â€œrambleâ€™â€™ through his testimony.
Even if one assumes the predictions of more droughts, floods, intense storms and cases of disease are true, Inhofe said, EPAâ€™s expected regulations will not affect that.
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