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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 06/30/2011

A funny thing happened at the climate denier conference

This is one of the most unintentionally hilarious turns of phrase I’ve seen in a while. On Thursday, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was supposed to deliver the opening keynote address at the Heartland Institute’s sixth International Conference on Climate Change, a conclave committed to “abandoning the failed hypothesis of man-made climate change.” That is, until he sent this statement to the conference’s organizers:

I am sorry that I will not be able to join you today at the Heartland Institute’s sixth International Conference on Climate Change. Unfortunately, I am under the weather, but I did want to send a short note to say thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.

That must be some extreme weather.

For those who are interested, the conference, such as it is, is being livecast here. And you can listen to a “pre-buttal” conference call that the Center for American Progress conducted on Wednesday here.

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