Oklahoma Senator and leading American climate denier Jim Inhofe decided not to make a fool out of himself by attending the Durban climate talks in person. Instead, he decided to make a fool out of himself on video.
In a statement broadcast at a side event in Durban, Inhofe hailed the defeat of climate legislation in the U.S. and called for an end to Obama’s presidency “for the sake of my kids and grandkids.” He also claimed that the roughly 16,000 people attending the Durban climate talks “are being ignored.”
However, here on the ground at the climate talks in Durban, South Africa, I tried to find a single person who had heard about Inhofe’s video speech. I still haven’t found one person who knew or cared — if they even knew who he was at all.
Watch the video, if you can stomach it:
“The message from Washington to the U.N. delegates in South Africa this week could not be any clearer: You are being ignored. And you are being ignored by your biggest allies in the United States: President Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate.”
At around the same time Inhofe’s message was delivered, Barack Obama issued a video speech to a group of participants, in which he embraced the negotiations:
“Here in Durban, we can … grow our economies in a way that’s sustainable and that addresses climate change. In this you have the partnership of the United States. Delegates must remember her call in which she said: ‘We must not tire. We must not give up.’”
Bill and Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, Anthropologist Jane Goodall and a range of other world leaders were also reiterating the same calls for support and action this afternoon.
Further isolating himself from the mainstream diplomatic and scientific community, Inhofe embraced his good friend Marc Morano, one of the leading cyber-bullies of climate scientists. Inhofe praised Morano, who has called for violence against scientists: “Good work, Marc,” he said.
Mark this one down. It is one of the most ignorant pieces of commentary ever published.
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