GOP head of Senate environment committee says carbon pollution is good for the Earth
Senator Jim Inhofe speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

As carbon dioxide levels surpassed 400 parts per million globally, Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma headed to the Senate floor on Wednesday to explain the benefits of greenhouse gas emissions.


"Counter to the doomsday predictions of climate alarmists, increasing observations suggest a much reduced and practically harmless climate response to increased amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide," he remarked. "Also missing from the climate alarmists' doomsday scenarios and well-scripted talking points are the benefits from increased carbon that has led to a greening of the planet and contributed to increased agricultural productivity."

Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, wondered why people didn't understand that carbon pollution was good for the Earth.

"People do not realize that you cannot grow things without CO2," he said. "CO2 is a fertilizer. It is something you cannot do without. No one ever talks about the benefits that people are inducing that as a fertilizer on a daily basis."

"Despite admitted gaps to the scientific understanding of climate change and a track record of climate modeling failures, President Obama and his environmental allies are holding fast to their bedrock beliefs. They are intent on selling the president's so-called Climate Action Plan to the American people that is less about protecting the environment and more about expanding the role of the government," Inhofe said.

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