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This is a press release from the Andrew Rice campaign:
OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 29, 2007) – After U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe consumed another two hours of Senate floor time on Friday railing against “left wing scientists” who express concerns about global warming, Oklahoma State Senator Andrew Rice, D-OKC, today asked Inhofe to devote equal time instead to promote his home state’s unique position as a leader in the development of clean-burning fuels.
Rice declared his candidacy in August for the Democratic nomination to challenge Inhofe in next year’s general election.
“While Jim Inhofe continues to insist that our eyes deceive us, most Oklahomans have moved past the debate about whether or not climate change is real,” Rice said. “Oklahoma is rich in natural gas deposits and other natural resources that can be converted to renewable fuels, so the sooner our country takes responsibility for helping to curb global warming, the sooner Oklahoma will gain economically.”
Sen. Inhofe occupied the Senate floor for more than two hours last Friday to discuss “unbelievable” changes in science that “we have witnessed in the last five months.” Oklahoma’s senior Senator then discussed two studies that he claims prove that human beings do not contribute to global warming.
“Since the 1990s, Senator Inhofe has consumed many hours of Senate floor time raging against environmental groups, and since 2003, he has spoken more than a dozen times attempting to disprove the science of global warming,” Rice said. “But this is 2007, and I see tremendous economic benefit for Oklahoma in a future energy policy that encourages clean-burning fuels, job creation in the state and new opportunities for Oklahoma’s farmers.”
“As I travel across Oklahoma, farmers and sportsmen and women tell me that something is going on because our crops and wildlife habitat are suffering dramatic changes due to erratic weather patterns,” Rice said. “These Oklahomans don’t need to read a scientific study.”
Rice, who currently represents State Senate District 46 in the Oklahoma Legislature, said he will be leading efforts at the State Capitol next year to encourage conversion of state vehicles to clean-burning natural gas.
“In addition to our rich deposits of natural gas, Oklahoma has an abundance of wind, switch grass, animal fats and other natural resources that can be converted to renewable fuels,” Rice said. “Instead of always posturing as the obstacle to change, Senator Inhofe could help Oklahoma by leading the charge for conversion to clean burning energy.”
Rice cited recent developments in Oklahoma, including announced plans in Guymon for construction of the state’s third biodiesel refinery and groundbreaking research at the Sam Noble Foundation in Ardmore to extract ethanol-producing sugar from switch grass, a weed that thrives in Oklahoma.