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November 12th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

GOP senator stands by his claim that climate change is a 'conspiracy'

(CNN) – In a joint news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC summit, both leaders announced a climate change deal that they say is designed to reduce carbon emissions by almost a third over the next 15 years, with non-binding goals for the reduction of these pollutants.

But what some environmentalists are calling a big first step in the efforts to reverse the effects of climate change, is getting the cold shoulder from some Republican lawmakers, especially the man who will likely soon be the chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee.

"We would reduce (carbon emissions) and chase our manufacturing base to China, where they have no regulations. It would have the effect of increasing, and not decreasing CO2," Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

There is overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real, at least partly man-made, and that some action must be taken.

But Inhofe has in the past called climate change a "conspiracy" and a "hoax."

"When you say that science has settled, and the overwhelming scientific analysis comes to that conclusion, frankly that is just not correct," Inhofe said.

Check out more of Sen. James Inhofe's interview, including reaction to controversial remarks from an architect of Obamacare, in the video above.

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