Inhofe’s remarks were prompted by a speech Obama gave earlier this summer on carbon pollution. Obama announced that his administration would regulate carbon emissions from power plants in order to improve the air quality and environment within the United States.
He said the regulation would cost the U.S. economy more than $600 billion a year.
“It’s going to cost a lot of money. It would be the largest tax increase ever on America and even if you do it, it won’t lower emissions,” Inhofe said. “So why would they do it? Because there are a lot of liberal who really believe government should control our lives more.”
The Oklahoma senator has argued that climate change is a "hoax."
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: 'Very wrong' when drug companies value profits over lives Clinton calls for EpiPen maker to lower price The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (I-Vt.) countered Inhofe's remarks Wednesday.
"I have to say to my good friend Jim InhofeJames InhofeFeds weigh whether carbon pollution should be measured in highway performance GOP chairman: Kids are ‘brainwashed’ on climate change Feds withdraw lesser prairie-chicken protections MORE: he is dead wrong," Sanders said on the Senate floor. "Human activity is causing climate change. … Global warming is real, it is happening right now and it will only get worse if we do not act."
Possibly this week, the Senate will confirm Obama’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyChemical disasters: EPA plan would keep us in the dark Obama administration strengthens efficiency standards for large trucks Science board pushes EPA to change major fracking report MORE. Inhofe said he wouldn’t vote for McCarthy because she supports and would implement Obama’s proposed regulations.
Republicans agreed to vote on her nomination as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minorities right to filibuster executive branch nominees.