Sen. James Inhofe has won the battle against global warming -- or so he thinks.
"I proudly declare 2009 as the 'Year of the Skeptic,' the year in which scientists who question the so-called global warming consensus are being heard,'' the Oklahoma Republican said in a long speech Tuesday during a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works meeting.
"Until this year, any scientist, reporter or politician who dared raise even the slightest suspicion about the science behind global warming was dismissed and repeatedly mocked.''
"Today, I have been vindicated," he said.
The reason for Inhofe's glee? Not any scientific shift, merely the news that a binding international agreement on climate change will likely be put off until 2010. President Obama has been hobbled by Congress in his attempts to lead the way for the global pact.
And Inhofe had a message specifically for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) -- "We won, you lost, get a life."