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Climate Change Bill's Five Biggest Opponents

November 17, 2009

Last year's presidential election was the first in which both major-party candidates acknowledged carbon's role in global warming. In June, the House passed far-reaching climate change legislation. Since then, climate legislation has been introduced in the Senate, and Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Joe Lieberman, I/D-Conn., and John Kerry, D-Mass., are currently hashing out a possible bipartisan alternative.

But for all the movement toward some kind of action on global climate change, efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions aren't universally beloved in Congress. These five lawmakers are among the most outspoken opponents of legislation to combat climate change.

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Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

Easily the most outspoken global warming skeptic, Inhofe earned the ire of environmentalists with his 2003 speech on the Senate floor in which he declared that "global warming is a hoax" and "much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science." As the ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, he is a central figure in the Senate’s talks on climate change legislation.

The League of Conservation Voters last election cycle ranked Inhofe No. 1 on its "Dirty Dozen" list of lawmakers who opposed environmental legislation. "Sen. Inhofe not only continues to vote against policies to set America on a cleaner, more sustainable energy path, but he has vowed to filibuster any climate change-related legislation that comes to the Senate floor," the organization said on its Web site.

Inhofe has vowed to take a "truth squad" to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next month to inform international leaders about "what is really happening in the United States Senate." It wouldn't be for the first time: He attended UN climate talks in Milan in 2003 to voice his skepticism.

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