The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 26, 2006

Inhofe warms to topic in Enid

By Scott Fitzgerald Staff Writer

On his current swing through 30 Oklahoma counties this week, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., conducted class in Enid on Friday morning during a breakfast meeting with community leaders in the Oak Room at Continental Towers North.

Passing out copies of various media stories that included editorials from USA Today and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the senator railed first against an amendment to the international treaty on climate change known as the Kyoto Protocol.

“If we were to embrace the Kyoto treaty, it would shut down agriculture, military and oil production in Oklahoma,” Inhofe said.

Describing global warming as an issue hyped by “a very liberal media who caters to Hollywood,” one of Inhofe’s handouts was a June 26 article: “There is No ‘Consensus’ On Global Warming,” by Richard S. Lindzen. The piece criticizes Al Gore’s new documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth” that attempts to raise awareness about global warming and its presumed catastrophic effects.

Inhofe criticized the United Nations as a whole, talking about a bill he’s introduced that would allow the United States to withdraw from participation in the United Nations if a proposed global taxation is enacted that would provide aid to developing countries.

“I’ve been a critic of the United Nations since 1998. I have a resolution that says we will withhold our dues. We will withdraw from the United Nations,” Inhofe s said.

Another of his handouts, which was an article, “Our language unites us,” written by Inhofe for USA Today on June 6, the senator wrote, “My amendment passed by the Senate last month, clarifies that, unless specified by other laws, there are no entitlements to federal services and documents in foreign languages. This nation decided long ago that you must know English to become a citizen. Thus, there is no reason to offer government’s citizens services in foreign languages.”