Spurred by a challenge from Ralph Nader, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) plan to debate global warming. Tulsa World’s Jim Myers reports that Inhofe accepted Nader’s challenge to discuss the science of climate change with another member of Congress. Markey, the former chair of the House Select Committee on Global Warming, agreed to debate Inhofe, who continues to insist that global warming is an international “hoax,” even though his state has been wracked by record heat waves, storms, and drought. Inhofe “would welcome the opportunity to debate,” he said:
I would welcome the opportunity to debate the issue of global warming with Congressman Markey. 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.
As is typical of Inhofe, little of what he said had any bearing on reality. Americans are increasingly concerned that global warming is driving extreme weather, climate negotiators successfully extended the Kyoto process at Durban, and thousands of people in Washington continue to fight for climate action against fossil-fuel interests. Inhofe ignored recent speeches on the Senate floor by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on the urgency of the climate threat. Thousands of people in Washington are working every day to fight climate change, from Northrup Grumman scientists to FEMA officials.
”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.