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After “truth squad” fizzles, Der Spiegel reporter tells Inhofe: “Youre ridiculous.”

Sen. Inhofe (R-OIL) has mostly become a laughingstock on this continent.  He’s made absurd statements attacking military leaders trying to warn about the dangers of human-caused global warming (see Inhofe trashes generals who advocate for bipartisan clean energy legislation: They crave “the limelight”).  Heck even the Palin-embracing Washington Post mocks Inhofe as “the last flat-earther.” Not it turns out he’s a laughingstock on two continents now, as made clear in this Think Progress repost.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6k4oCOrsOBE/SiqLQOR7m_I/AAAAAAAAAM4/IgauOfsTpwY/s400/bozo-copy2.jpgBack in September, godfather of global warming deniers Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) announced that he would be going to the U.N.’s climate change summit in Copenhagen this week to present “another view.” “I think somebody has to be there “” a one-man truth squad,” he said. His “truth squad” later expanded to three, with Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joining in.

But MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted last night that Inhofe’s mission of wreaking havoc on the summit fell flat:

MADDOW: When Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton and all the bigwigs arrived in Denmark, the Inhofe truth squad was nowhere to be found.

We confirmed with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that truth squad, denialist, congressional delegation with Senators Barrasso and Wicker – that has ended up getting canceled.

Inhofe did travel to Copenhagen however “” with a single staffer and when he got there, all he could muster was an “impromptu” press conference and spent a grand total of two hours in the Danish capital. But even during the press conference, few reporters showed up and the Oklahoma senator wasn’t very well received by the ones who did:

A reporter asked: “If there’s a hoax, then who’s putting on this hoax, and what’s the motive?”

“It started in the United Nations,” Inhofe said, “and the ones in the United States who really grab ahold of this is the Hollywood elite.”

One reporter asked Inhofe if he was referring to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Another reporter “” this one from Der Spiegel “” told the senator: “You’re ridiculous.”

Politco notes that when Inhofe arrived at the summit “the halls were half-deserted” and that he “walked quickly, brushing off an aide who suggested that he slow down and take a breath.” “I don’t want to breathe “” I want to get something done,” he said.

5 Responses to After “truth squad” fizzles, Der Spiegel reporter tells Inhofe: “Youre ridiculous.”

  1. Jeff Green says:

    We can only hope for this guy to have more failures such as this one. It will be interesting to see how he spins it later.

  2. mike roddy says:

    Inhofe is just a useful idiot, along with Morano and the rest of them. The real attention should be paid to the oil and coal companies who pay for this hairbrained nonsense.

  3. tpinlb says:

    The truth is, the failure of the Copenhagen talks to lead to any real results was a political victory for Inhofe, the Republicans, and the conservative coal state democrats in congress. India and China have made it clear there will be no internationally enforceable reductions in CO2; absent that, Congress will not approve cap and trade, as they will not mandate US reductions that are meaningless in the absence of an enforceable international accord. It is time for some soul searching on the part of those who advocate global warming action.

  4. Dano says:

    Ignorage is EXACTLY what he and denialists deserve. Oh, and scorn and ridicule too when not being ignored.

    Best,

    D

  5. James Newberry says:

    Sen. Inhofe (R-NOT OK)