Republicans Turn “Climate Change” Votes Around On Democrats

The U.S. Senate voted on three “climate change” amendments to the Keystone XL legislation Wednesday, two of them going down in defeat. But, what of the third?

(Politico) Senate Republicans head-faked Democrats on climate change Wednesday, agreeing in a floor vote that the planet’s climate was changing, but blocking language that would have blamed human activity.

In a complicated maneuver that was the first politically perilous test for Senate Republicans, the new majority party split up the votes that Democrats had hoped would force the GOP into an awkward roll call on whether they believed in the science behind climate change — just hours after President Barack Obama slammed Republicans in his State of the Union address for dodging the issue.

But Republicans made an eleventh-hour change in strategy on two Democratic attempts to divide them — with Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, their most vocal denier of humans’ effect on the climate, joining a leading liberal in a symbolic vote on whether global warming is “real and not a hoax.”

“There is archeological evidence of that, there’s Biblical evidence of” the climate changing, Inhofe, the chairman of the Environment and Public Works panel, said on the floor before signing onto a proposal from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) that stopped short of linking climate change to human activities, such as burning of fuels like coal and oil.

I was wondering if that was the reason that S.Amend. 29 to S. 1, the Keystone XL bill, passed 98-1.

The Washington Post was less than amused, calling this “a nifty, if insincere, bit of politics.” They didn’t like Democrats getting mugged on the subject after Democrats tried to force the issue, because they think fossil fuels are Bad.

And then all the Senate Democrats jumped in their fossil fueled vehicles to head home after the session.

Greens responded to the stunning turn by challenging Republicans to follow up on their members’ new-found climate conversion with a substantive plan to act on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“But what’s their plan to do something about it?” the Natural Resources Defense Council’s associate government affairs director, Franz Matzner, said in a statement. “Republican leaders still are trying to block any and all solutions, and putting our children’s health at risk.”

Plan? We don’t need no stinkin’ plan. Not to deal with a issue that is primarily caused by natural forces. But, hey, since quite a bit of the perceived warming is due to the Urban Heat Island Effect, I say we tear down all the big cities, which are pretty much Democrat strongholds, and turn them into nature reserves, in which Democrats will be allowed to live and roam free, since Dems seem to want to turn back the clock thousands of years.

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11 Responses to “Republicans Turn “Climate Change” Votes Around On Democrats”

  1. John says:

    Inhofe the GOP leading climate denier believes the Grand Canyon was created by the Great Flood and Noah put T Rex on his Ark
    The GOP also mixed 2
    Amendments one to use only American made steel in the pipeline and the other to stop any tar sand products from being shipped away from the USA

  2. gitarcarver says:

    Inhofe the GOP leading climate denier ….

    Hmmm…. Inhofe’s own tweet shown in the post reads “Climate change is real, and it is not a hoax.”

    The issue with Inhofe (as with most people) is causation of the change. That fact just skips on by john’s head as he is more interested in trying to demean people that disagree with him rather than dealing with what they actually said.

  3. drowningpuppies says:

    Next dem amendment:
    The sun rises in the east.
    Votes: Aye – 98 Nay – 1 w/1 abstaining

  4. Inhofe the GOP leading climate denier believes the Grand Canyon was created by the Great Flood and Noah

    Isn’t it interesting how Leftists will demean Christian religious beliefs, beliefs that do not promote violence, and all Christians (we don’t actually know what Inhofe’s views are in regards to what John cited), yet utterly refuse to condemn Islam in the least?

    The sun rises in the east.

    Well, technically, the Sun only rises in the east for a portion of people. For some, it could be SE, some, NE. It all depends on your latitude at the time of the year.

  5. Deserttrek says:

    and the leftist abuser of children and the elderly continues to demean the Holocaust ……. sad that so many evil people like him are walking the earth

  6. Jeffery says:

    The issue with Inhofe (as with most people) is causation of the change.

    All the way back in 2012 Inhofe WROTE A BOOK:

    The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future

    So in 2012, global warming was the greatest hoax, but now it’s not. Why do you think he flip-flopped?

  7. gitarcarver says:

    So in 2012, global warming was the greatest hoax, but now it’s not. Why do you think he flip-flopped?

    Poor Jeffery – exposed again.

    Unlike you, I have read the book. The whole premise of the book is on causation and how liberals and leftists are trying to use the cause of man made global warming to make more regulations, increase costs to the average person, etc.

    Inhofe hasn’t changed his position.

    You, on the other hand, just got caught in another attempt to smear someone based on a lie.

    Sucks to be you, doesn’t it?

  8. Jeffery says:

    So he changed the meaning of the word “hoax”, got it.

    His book in 2012 called climate change a hoax, but today he says it’s not a hoax.

    And I’m lying?

    You misguided soul.

  9. gitarcarver says:

    So he changed the meaning of the word “hoax”, got it.

    Nope. As he said then and said now, AGW is a hoax.

    But as you didn’t read the book, you wouldn’t know that. Instead, you tried to lie and bluff your way through an argument and you got caught in that lie.

    Sucks to be you.

  10. Jeffery says:

    qc,

    You’re the one who pointed out that Inhofe now says AGW is not a hoax. I just pointed out Inhofe’s history on the topic. You claim to have read a book, but you can’t read the title? He famously declared AGW a hoax on the Senate floor.

    The Greatest Hoax

    : How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future

    In 2012, Inhofe wrote a book calling AGW a hoax. A couple of years later he claimed AGW is not a hoax for temporary political expediency. He voted for an amendment that states “Climate change is real and not a hoax”.

    2012: The Greatest Hoax
    2015: Climate change is real and not a hoax.

    Yet, you obviously and curiously choose to lie about this trivial matter.

    You are stamping your feet like a toddler! Did he not title his book? Did he not vote for the amendment?

  11. gitarcarver says:

    Jeffery,

    Once again we see how warmists like you can’t read and seek to blur meanings of words.

    He famously declared AGW a hoax on the Senate floor.

    Yep.

    How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future

    Yep. The AGW Conspiracy is a Hoax.

    A couple of years later he claimed AGW is not a hoax for temporary political expediency. He voted for an amendment that states “Climate change is real and not a hoax”

    People know that climate change is not a hoax. It is the cause that is the issue. Inhofe has been consistent on his stance. Even in this part of you missive you try and say that “climate change” = “AGW.”

    It doesn’t.

    Yet, you obviously and curiously choose to lie about this trivial matter.

    There is no lie on my part Jeffery. You got caught trying to say something which is a lie. Don’t blame the rest of us for holding you to the accepted meanings of words. If you cannot understand English, perhaps a remedial ESL course would be good for you.

    Did he not title his book? Did he not vote for the amendment?

    Yes and yes. Are you saying that AGW and climate change are one in the same? Or is that difference too far beyond your 2nd grade reading comprehension skills.

    You got caught. Be a man and say “I did not know that. I was wrong.”

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