Inhofe accepts global warming debate challenge
From left to right, veteran activist Ralph Nader and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe. NewsOK.com and Tulsa World file photos
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s declaration of victory on global warming last week drew a debate challenge for the Oklahoma Republican, who described himself as the only official still talking about the contentious issue.
”Clearly you are a man of your convictions,’’ veteran activist Ralph Nader stated in a letter to Inhofe, referring to the senator’s now-famous description of man-made global warming as a hoax.
”So, what about your first real public debate with a fellow member of Congress on this topic with mutually agreed upon moderator and rules at a mutually convenient time and place, preferably on Capitol Hill.’’
That other member of Congress: veteran Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a leading voice in the House on environmental issues.
Inhofe quickly accepted the challenge.
”I would welcome the opportunity to debate the issue of global warming with Congressman Markey,’’ he said, repeating his comments from last week.
"In fact, I would enjoy the company: since the failure of global warming alarmism and the complete collapse of the Kyoto process, the only one talking about global warming in Washington these days has been me.’’
Markey apparently also is up for the debate.
”Congressman Markey would gladly discuss with Sen. Inhofe the over 100 years of science that proves carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants are raising the temperature of the earth and changing the chemistry of the oceans,” said Markey spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder.
Details reportedly are still being worked out.
Only active print or digital subscribers of the Tulsa World are allowed to post comments on stories posted to Tulsaworld.com. After you fill out the form below and click submit, your comment will be published instantly online along with your screen name.
By clicking "Submit" you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.