GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe on Wednesday attacked the historic US-China climate deal unveiled by the Obama administration, calling it a “non-binding charade."
“It's hollow and not believable for China to claim it will shift 20 percent of its energy to non-fossil fuels by 2030, and a promise to peak its carbon emissions only allows the world's largest economy to buy time,” Inhofe said in a statement released to The Washington Post.
Inhofe is poised to take control of the Environmental and Public Works Committee in January following a Republican sweep at the ballot box last week. The Oklahoma senator’s strong language is a reminder of the extreme partisan divisions between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans. Those tensions stand to escalate when the GOP-controlled Congress convenes in January.
The sweeping climate deal between China and the United States, which was announced on Tuesday evening, would sharply cut U.S. carbon emissions by 2025 and would require China to peak its emissions by 2030.
“The American people spoke against the President's climate policies in this last election,” Inhofe said in a statement released to the Washington Post. “As we enter a new Congress, I will do everything in my power to rein in and shed light on the EPA's unchecked regulations.”