Once cast aside even by his own party for being Washington's loudest climate-change denier, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member James Inhofe, R-Okla., is now the driving force behind GOP attacks on President Obama's energy and environment agenda.
"Even the Republican Party was afraid to invite Inhofe to speak on global warming and environmental issues because they considered him outside of the mainstream," said Marc Morano, who was Inhofe's communications director and speechwriter from 2006 to 2009. "Now he is the new normal. He is the new mainstream."
The positions of Inhofe haven't changed. Republicans have just moved closer to Inhofe.
Since 1989 the US government has spent almost $100 billion on climate studies, modeling, prediction, regulations and more. In the end, the best models developed so far do 2 - 3 X worse than chance alone! As real world temperatures continue to diverge wildly from climate model projections, US taxpayers are starting to wonder where there money is going.