January 26th, 2009
03:50 PM ET
4 years 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. John, Brooklyn, New York

    So says the Senator from the great state of Exxon-Mobile.

    January 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Western Voter

    Hey Senator...thankfully there is a new boss in town and he listens to the science and not GOP talking points. America has been delivered from people like Inhofe. The Flat Earth crowd has been replaced by adults who understand the threats to the environment.

    Inhofe uses the word THUGGERY...the word for Inhofe is Buffoonery. No longer do the buffoons have enough votes to prtactice it.

    January 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Martin L.

    Inhofe is widely reputed to be the dumbest senator in that chamber. Once again, he has demonstrated his utter stupidity. He is a waste of space.

    January 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Sarge in Florida

    DO any of these Senators ever watch Discovery channel? Maybe they should and see what GLOBAL WARMING is doing to the North/South poles and see how it is impacting the environment!!!! Watch and see how these mammals and animals are dying off because of the melting ICE CAPS....They should be TERM LIMITED these IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    Just like a Re-thug-ican to whine about environmental progress. Get out of the way Senator!

    January 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. GuyInVA

    What are you talking about Rob R? You are right that Honda, Toyota, and Kia are whooping our vaunted auto makers because they gave customers what they wanted. It has nothing to do with what state or Federal governments want in terms or regulations. They gave customers a product that performs better, lasts longer, is cheaper to maintain, all at a typically lower cost.

    January 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Denver Dem

    this coming from some stupid fuhk that probably doesn't think global warming exsists.

    January 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Alan

    I can see how carmakers wouldn't want to deal with a variety of rules, but there's a simple solution: meet the tightest standards you can reasonably meet and pull out of the markets with unreasonable standards. I doubt those standards would be around very long when people can't get their cars.

    January 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Splurge

    Let me guess, the charge is...wait for it....racist?

    January 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. C W

    The time has past to give folks like Inhofe, who can't see the truth about global warming in front of their noses, a platform to spout off accusations of "thuggery"! Give it up – and start putting your country first and your political aspirations waaaaaay last!

    January 26, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |

    I need $5 million dollars.intead of the big corps. getting the money give it to the legal taxpayers say $5000 per tax payer

    January 26, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Liz in Texas

    @Soccer Nanna –
    Umm....Kool Aid drikers are idiot liberals such as yourself. Not quite sure why you keep referring the conservatives as "kool aid drinkers." Get a clue!

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. john

    its about time SOMEONE stepped up you old farts have had plenty of time to do it

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Chicago Jim

    Just a minute, Sen. Inhofe. For you to speak of thuggery after what the U.S.A. just went through with the president you supported at all cost, is completely ironic. George W. Bush left Washington quickly in a helicopter and Boeing 747. He should have exited in handcuffs. Sen. Inhofe, shut up.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. z

    Only 2 things from Oklahoma....

    Steers and Stupid Repugs...

    and I don't see any horns so he must be a Stupid Repug..... LMAO

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Oklahoma is not OK

    The reason why Oklahoma is not OK is because you got a fool of a senator, a republican.

    It's time to turn the state BLUE with smart people in office.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Who elected this guy?!

    Wake up and smell the thawing permafrost, Sen. Inhofe!

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Sean

    If Detroit doesn't start making cars that are enviornmentally friendly then they won't need a bailout because they will be out of business. The American won't buy their cars.

    January 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. CK4NYSenate2010

    Dumas McGee January 26th, 2009 5:39 pm ET

    one big problem with your two country idea dave:

    where is most of the food in this country produced?

    Uhmm... Actually, it's imported. We (hte coastal liberals) pay a subsidy for farmers to acquire more land and- get this- NOT farm. Ever heard of conservation agriculture and the US Farm Act?

    January 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Ty, OKC

    This guy doesn't speck for Oklahomans! The GOP is FINISHED!

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. TIN

    Aren't conservatives supposed to be for state rights?

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. MAJ

    Serious steps must be made to save our planet. God is counting on us to be responsible for our world. If you can't take the heat, Sen. Inhofe, get out of the kitchen and find a hole to crawl into. We who want to save our planet will take the necessary steps to accomplish the cause.

    January 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Joe the Troll

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

    I've been using fist bumps for ten years now, and the last time I looked in a mirror I was still white and in my 40s.

    As for the article, I echo the sentiments of those who wonder if Republicans have suddenly turned against state's rights. Haven't they been pushing that agenda in their rhetoric for decades? If all Republicans stand for is being contradictory to Democrats, then they stand for nothing.

    Besides that, George Bush signed a law last year requiring stricter mileage standards. Where was this guy then? Why isn't he calling Bush an "environmental thug?"

    January 26, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Gary R.

    Sen. Inhofe has always shown disinterest in climate change based policy. I still have no understanding how such an advocate for damaging policies continues as a ranking member in his commitee.

    January 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. lucy

    Senator Inhofe, sir! You are an idiot!

    January 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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