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Inhofe: BP Spill Doesn't Justify Drilling Ban

Friday, 17 Sep 2010 07:10 PM

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Sen. Jim Inhofe tells Newsmax that attempts by global warming crusaders to use the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to support their case against drilling won’t work.

Interviewed by Newsmax.TV at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday, the Oklahoma legislator, ranking Republican on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, said the global warming crusaders “try to use that. It’s like it was with the Exxon Valdez 20 years ago. All the environmentalists were rejoicing because they want to stop all drilling, all exploration.

“Yet at the same time these liberals we have in the Senate and elsewhere are saying we have to stop our dependence on foreign countries for our oil. You don’t do that if you stop drilling here.

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“So they have tried to do that. I don’t think it’s going to work. In fact I think it’s one of the factors that is going to give the Republicans a majority in the United States Senate.”

Asked about cap-and-trade legislation as a way to reduce carbon emissions, Inhofe says: “I’m the guy who said seven years ago that the idea that manmade gases are causing global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. I was alone for about five years after that, fighting the McCain-Lieberman cap-and-trade bills. However, now we’ve won that war. It’s dead. Two days ago even John Kerry said it’s dead.”

As for President Obama’s commitment to spending billions of dollars on America’s infrastructure, Inhofe tells Newsmax: “He’s on the wrong track, because first of all $50 billion is on the backs of oil and gas — that’s how he would pay for it.

“When he had his $787 billion stimulus bill, that’s when he should have [dealt with] infrastructure. Only 3 percent of that was infrastructure. We desperately need roads, highways, bridges. Our infrastructure is deteriorating. But you throw away that $787 billion on social engineering and call it stimulus.

“I had an amendment to take $50 billion of the $787 billion and put it into roads and highways and all that, and it was defeated. Why would they defeat that and then come back later and say we’re going to come up with a new $50 billion.

“So it’s something that we need to get done, but not the way Obama’s trying to do it. It’s not building bridges and roads, it’s his liberal agenda that’s being used.”

The Values Voter Summit, which began Thursday and ends Sunday morning, is the fifth annual such gathering of conservative activists and politicians. Sponsors include the legislative arm of the Family Research Council, the legislative wing of the American Family Association, and the Heritage Foundation, among others.

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