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. j

    Sounds like state's rights to me. If a state wants tougher standards, they should be able to enact them.

    January 26, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Alan

    What happened to that great Republican mantra of "states rights"?

    January 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. JD

    I am not an ignorant flatlander or any of the other names too many of you spew just because they have different opinions than you. Grow up. The earth has not warmed since 1998. The temp. has remained steady and even cooled since. Not that you would hear that on the news. Sea Ice grew at a record rate this year, snow fell in Africa, and places it hasn't in decades. Ski resorts in the Alps are having the best snow season in a generation. The evidence is clear the earth has cooled. Sun spots were much fewer and solar winds have slowed. Many scientists now believe we have entered a period of global cooling. The earth had a little ice age when there was ten times the amount of carbon dioxide in than now. Research proves it. 95% of the carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere is from natural sources. Clearly solar activity has more affect on our climate than CO2. But you believe what you want. I am an independant person with no political side or adjenda to support. Personally I believe all politicians in Washington includiing our President are all shameless, smug, arrogant, greedy, selfish, selfserving, spoiled rotten, lieing, corrupt, distructive, hypocrites, and fraudes. Wish I could see other qualities in them but simply do not. They all sell their votes for our common interests to special interests for their own personal and political gain at the expense of the majority of we the people. Obama sold out to the environmentalist is all. Dont just take what you hear as the truth. Question everything any politician from any party says. Research it. They have an adjenda. Environmentalists have an adjenda. Look past the political B.S. and see the truth and be open minded enough to accept that what you have been led to believe may be wrong. Do NOT let politicians and politics divide us. We as a nation of people need to get past politics and come together. We should try to understand that just because we disagree on policies we all want the same thing. All conservative nor all liberal ideas or policies are bad. We need to find common ground and have constructive not we won you lost discussions when we disagree. Its time we come together as Americans not Democrats and Republicans. Enough with the name calling already.

    January 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Independent_me

    "Environmental thuggery?"

    Well, I suppose that HE ought to know what thuggery is... THEY are the ones who screwed up the country, used fear as a control mechanism and turned American against American... And they are still doing it...resorting to name-calling and insults. They are all a bunch of Limbaughs ... all Republican thugs!

    January 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. sandee in Portland

    Finally, we have an intelligent person in the White House who recognizes global warming along with the majority of the scientists. Even if there weren't global warming, the pollution is some states like California is way worse than in others. Having just a federal guideline doesn't cut it. I'm not a big environmentalist, but even here is Oregon we now have some days where the air quality is poor and that's just downright unhealthy, especially for the senior citizens and those with breathing problems. Individual states should have more control over their own situations.

    January 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. In T. Boone's pocket

    I am not impressed with this Republican hyperbole.

    What American loving citizen can be against higher CAFE standards? Senator, your selfishness is showing.

    January 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. The Lady


    January 26, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Robert New York City & Miami, Florida

    Funny you should say that Senator, that's how many of us felt about Bush!

    January 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. PanamaSooner

    Sorry, everyone. Inhofe is just a freak. Nothing more to say.

    January 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. rk in republican tx

    Inhoofer, you repuklican scmuck, shut up and let someone try to save the planet you and your stupid party have done too much damage destroying over the past 8 years!

    January 26, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

    This jerk has been in office long enough to know that the auto industry knew and did nothing but fight against emission standards for decades and the republican hypocrites enabled them.

    Stick to your guns, Mr. President, you have the country's backing and the earth can't wait until all of these old fools and their old ways die off!

    Actually, the republicCANTS are just kicking and screaming because they have NO power anymore. After all they are responsible for this mess in the first place!

    January 26, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Republicans (and Democrats) Vote Your interests

    If you are not a rich republican that derives his/her wealth from the oil industry, there is no way you should be against this initiative.

    We all breath the same air. Middle income Republicans ... adding a year to your life expectancy from clean air is far more in your interests than cars wasting fuel so that those oil-patch Republicans get rich.

    Our troops have to fight in middle eastern wars because of our addiction to oil. Low income / poor republicans ... Joe the Plumber ... this is far more in your interests .... you are the ones that enlist and do the fighting.

    January 26, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Patrick

    I don't undertand Inhofe's decision. Don't most Republicans support states rights? The EPA sets the minimum for the country, if a state wants to exceed it why not let them? It's the law of economics that say if a company can't do business in a state b/c their standards are too high they'll move to another state where they're lower. If Oklahoma keeps their standards lower they'll get more business.

    January 26, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. Heather in Seattle

    Why is is thuggery to let states do their part to preserve or better their air quality? I am confused. If people want to remain ignorant and deny global warming even though every REPUTABLE scientist (one not bought buy the oil companies) say it is a real pheonomenon, that's your choice. But please use your common; sense breathing large amounts of carbon monoxide is not good for anyone's health!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. kayla


    January 26, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. keeth in california

    But I thought in capitalism that the weak were supposed to fail...

    January 26, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Dave

    Here's ANOTHER good reason for term limits...

    January 26, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Patrick

    While I disagree with Inhofe personally it is small minded childish behavior to suddenly talk trash on Republicans b/c of one's man opinions. Should I really judge all democrats on Cynthia McKinney, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid?

    As far as I can tell Inhofe is just as out of step with main stream Republican thought as those Democrats are with their own party. Let's start reject the extremes and work towards a peaceful centrist future.

    January 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    If you drive through the state of Oklahome and look at the condition of the state you will understand why Inhofe would oppose anything that deals with "cleaning up the enviroment". His state has got to be one of the most unkempt states in the country. It is a poor state and looks like it. They have little or no state pride to keep their properties clean of old cars and trash, they have no rest areas that are clean for tourists. Mr Inhofe needs to take care of his state first and then he will have the right to give direction to the rest of the country.

    January 26, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Zane

    Oklahoma...where the BIG trucks roll across the priairies....they must think they don't have to think about their emviroment. Suck it up boys!

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. The Lady

    Maybe if you were Former Presidents Bushs worst nightmare this country would not be in the shape it is in.

    President Barack Obama you are doing a great job for just being in office for less than a week.

    January 26, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. kara

    Another Republican doing everything and anything to disrupt the process. I WAS a registered Republican for years....I'm now a registered Democrat....I'm sick of all the discusting political ploys the Republiucan party has played. NEVER AGAIN!

    January 26, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Mike,Oklahoma City

    Inhofe is a loon, he is an idiot and a partisan ideologue. I still don't know why the people of the my home state voted him in yet again.

    January 26, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Barack wins and we collectively lose.

    I agree, this is absolutely INSANE to hit the auto industry with impossible standards to meet. Let's all say GOOD-BYE to our Auto industry. It was nice while it lasted.

    Did you know that there are more people now working for the Governement then the Manufacturing industry, and it is only going to get worse.

    The other problem is that there is no definitive proof that the Global warming theory is fact, especially when you see 11 consecutive years of global cooling and ice shields thickening in both the north and south pole contradicting the theory.

    January 26, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Blogging is the legacy I leave behind!

    The simple answer for the automakers would be to make the emmissions standard based on the most strict that we have in place. Problem solved. No need to make different variants of the same model.

    Or is it that American automakers are not allowed? Maybe it goes against their Code of Profit? I mean if Honda and Toyota are doing it.........

    January 26, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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