Sen. Jim Inhofe flies to Denmark for climate conference

By Chris Casteel - Washington Bureau Modified: December 17, 2009 at 4:23 am •  Published: December 17, 2009
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WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe, considered the leading skeptic in Congress of global warming, left Wednesday for Copenhagen to make remarks during the United Nations conference on climate change.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, was scheduled to land early today and make remarks to the media.

He was not given a place or time to talk to the major participants — representatives from countries around the world assembled to try to work out a deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

An aide said Inhofe likely would be in Copenhagen only for three hours before returning to Washington, where the Senate is working on health care legislation and a spending bill for the military. Inhofe was planning to deliver the message that the Senate would not be able to pass a cap-and-trade system to limit carbon emissions and that the American public opposes the bill, the aide said.

Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, also was planning to leave for Copenhagen Wednesday with a congressional delegation, though the U.S. House had votes scheduled well into the evening.