January 26th, 2009
03:50 PM ET
11 months ago

Senator accuses Pres. Obama of 'environmental thuggery'

Sen. Inhofe, foreground, spoke out Monday about the president's latest executive order.
Sen. Inhofe, foreground, spoke out Monday about the president's latest executive order.

(CNN) - Sen. James Inhofe called President Barack Obama’s plan to allow 14 states to regulate their own fuel emission standards “environmental thuggery” in an interview published Monday.

Obama’s executive order seeks to reduce greenhouse gases by allowing states like California to require stricter fuel standards for cars.

The Oklahoma senator a ranking member of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee and a longtime global warming skeptic, told CNN Monday the proposed plan would too costly for the beleaguered auto industry. “I think you’re going to see them coming in requesting more bailouts now as a result of this,” said Inhofe.

soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. Helene

    Finally we have a President who cares about the environment and is serious about doing something ! Stop whining and get to work !

    January 26, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    I guess Oklahoma doesn't like it because they all drive gas-guzzling monster trucks...

    I'd rather have a president that pushes the boundaries of environmental PROTECTION than one who trashes the constitutional rights of Americans by invading their privacy, trying to control their bodies, and spending the wealth of this country on stupid and unnecessary wars.

    Keep up the good work, President Obama. We are all standing with you, sir.

    January 26, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Don in Albuquerque

    Inhoffe go away. You have been a major part of the problem for years. Oklahomans dump this fool.

    January 26, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. al

    Inhofe would be painting your preschools with lead paint and serving up whale meat if he had the opportunity

    His level of scientific incuriousity is stunning

    If Oklahoma wants to have everybody drive Suburbans, more power to him

    January 26, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Ray Ray

    Let the howls of "racism" against the Senator begin in 3 -2 -1 .. NOW

    (And let's all ignore the President and First Lady's casual use of the fist bump)

    January 26, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Amber

    Doesn't believe in Global Warming, eh? Well, lets stick this uneducated redneck Senator out on a melting ice-cap with a hungry polar bear and her cubs.

    Hundred bucks says he'll come around.

    January 26, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Thuggery? Poor choice of words.

    January 26, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. New Day

    WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!? Since when is taking power from the federal government and giving it to the states seen as negative???? Make up your minds, Republicans!

    January 26, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Bill Charlotte, NC

    CNN: "a longtime global warming skeptic"

    No further comment needed.

    January 26, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Eric

    "Thuggery?!" Um, helping improve air quality is not "thuggish." Allowing corporations to spew crud into the air that we have to breathe with no choice in the matter? That's thuggish. Gotta love right wing double-speak.

    January 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Jim

    And I accuse Inhofe of supporting terrorism by his insistence on maintaining a less efficient fuel standard, thereby using more foreign oil, thereby enriching oil producing nations that support terrorists.

    Senator, why do you hate America? Why does your party hate America?

    January 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Nick

    This is what some wanted from their bailout, a commitment to produce greener cars. Build gas guzzlers, and we're still supporting the middle east.

    January 26, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Rob R

    Hey Senator, Do you know why Honda, Toyota, and even Kia are whooping our vaunted automakers? Because they listened to the customers and provided what they wanted. If the states want these regulations, then you either provide them with what they want or sell your "goods" somewhere else... Thuggery? PLEEEEEZE.

    January 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. jeff

    It is very curious as to why the word thuggery would be used. Who is the thug?

    January 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. BudInTexas

    Ihhofe is a moron!

    January 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    The liberals and #44 are in charge. Change is coming in 4 short years.

    January 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Mike in Ca

    Senator from Oklahoma, what a surprise.

    January 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. ConsiderThis, FL

    When will Republicans learn that if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten? It's time that the auto industry startS making cars that people want to buy (need to buy). Why do you think foreign car markers sell so many cars? THEY GET GOOD GAS MILEAGE! If the Big 3 can't change the products they make to be more efficient in their energy use and appealing to the American people, then they shouldn't be in business. What other business is successful selling products that people don't want or find useful? The nerve of Inhofe to referr to President Obama with such a term is POLITICAL THUGGERY."

    January 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. AndyL

    First he release potential terrorist from Guantanamo Bay and now he want to make things harder and more expensive for an auto industry that is already on the verge of collapse. Whose side is this guy on anyways, the American people or the rest of the world.

    January 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. Bill in San Jose

    The Senator from Oklahoma needs a muffler himself. Only an idiot would rail against a state that seeks higher standards for fuel efficiency and a practical means of consumption oversight. The environmental "thuggery" has been solely the auto industry's blatant lack of interest in fuel efficiency. Now the markets are finally demanding it. Any “bail-out” dollars should have gone to Tesla motors to ramp up production on a practical sedan using their innovative battery technology from the roadster they currently make. Let the dinosaurs’ time end already!

    January 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. mark in ny

    those senators are the ones who don't care about the environment. they are lobbyists for the fuel company. i think they are going to hate obama because they won't be able make millions from the government

    January 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Greed is not good

    Shut-up Inhofe...you're the reason why Detriot is bankrupt because you let them get away with building cars that can not compete with Toyota fuel standards.

    January 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Hammer

    You wanted change and you got it, Gov controlled health care free to all, the CIA disband, Intelligence gathering handcuffed, Terrorist to be set free and all this in just five days. Change you can count on!

    January 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Olivia, PA

    Shut up. He's been the president for 6 days. Give him a break. Sit down and shut up!

    January 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Liz

    Twenty-five different emissions standards???? Real bright! I'm sure this is just what the American auto industry needs to get back on its feet! Smooth move, Obama! Get real and get a clue!

    January 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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