When Barack Obama arrives in Copenhagen, Denmark this week to take part in the United Nations (U.N.) conference on climate change, his political adversaries will be there waiting for him.
A GOP counter-delegation labeled the "truth squad" by Matt Dempsey, spokesman for Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) will consist of approximately a half-dozen Republican House and Senate members, according to FoxNews.com.
The purpose of the group’s trip is to remind other international delegations that the United States Congress needs to sign off on any binding global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"I will not be one of the sycophants that say climate change is the biggest problem facing the world and we need to do all these draconian things that cost jobs," said Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) quoted by the Environmental News Service.
"The truth is the truth. The facts are the facts," he said. "This whole theory of man-made global warming is just that. It is a theory."
A climate bill passed the House earlier this year, but is currently stuck in the Senate and won’t be discussed until 2010.
Last Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially declared carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a threat to public health and safety, granting itself the authority to mandate carbon emissions policy without the approval of Congress.