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. FJ from Atlanta

    “environmental thuggery”

    Is this some type of subliminal racist remark?

    January 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Briana the college student

    Sen. James Inhofe probably gets a check from Exxon every year for this

    January 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. ran

    Inhofe just does not get it. He needs to be replaced sooner rather then later. A skeptic. Sir Global warming is here. I believe a national stantard is required. I can only hope the good people of OK gets this guy out soon.

    January 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Dont blame me

    Obama is engaging in typical Chicago politics, "run them over" while you have the chance.

    Obama needs an economics 101 course, and and aid that knows something about manufacturing.

    This is shear stupidity.

    January 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Dylan from MN

    James Inhofe is a thug himself. His hand is so deep in the pockets of big oil I'm surprised his hands aren't black. His agenda is clear and if he was from any other state he wouldn't be serving in the Senate, Wyoming wouldn't even vote for this guy.

    January 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. The Future

    No...I think he is holding them to a standard and pushing them further to be innovative, re-tool and CHANGE how they build cars. Go green, Go Obama!

    January 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. dave

    Hmm. Tough choice. Environmental thuggery or special interest thuggery. Decisions, decisions.

    January 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. please

    Inhofe – wah wah wah
    Look, your crappy party is done. Now it's time to take care of the environment.

    Should we shame Obama for trying to clean up our environment? Every other industrial country can do it, why not us? People are sick of the republican answer that we can't do it. No, We Can, We Must.

    thankfully, we now have a leader that believes in science. Listens to those who are more intelligent regarding a certain matter. Onhofe – go home and stop trying to scare people. Leading by fear is over.

    January 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Tanisia Greer

    Here we go! I knew the honeymoon with the republicans would be short. Just because Obama said one of his goals was stricter energy standards, they didn't believe him, and now he's committed 'environmental thuggrey'? Give me a break!

    January 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. vic cape coral fl

    Just what we ned from a President, more executive orders. Maybe he thinks we elected a KING.

    January 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Yeah lets not have the auto industry have standards...how could Obama do that???? Oh wait, he doesn't care more about many than the earth...thats how

    January 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. cherish

    Inhofe is a proponent of "environmental dumbery." The earth suffers and we suffer. It's common effin' sense.

    Woo-hoo Obama!!!

    January 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Ray Ray

    I hope Global Warming is REAL and HAPPENS FAST! The sooner we can wash away the liberal coastal areas the better.

    January 26, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. In Houston, TX

    The article describes Se"a longtime global warming skeptic"
    You might as well call him a longtime jerk to the environment
    Or a longtime friend of the pig headed US automakers
    Or a longtime proud ignoramous
    Or a longtime friend of BIG OIL or OPEC
    Or a longtime obstacle to solving the environmental problem created by mankind.

    "Environmental thugery" ? Our lack of consideration for the environment which has endured for generations is environmental thuggery. Our desecration of this planet is environmental thuggery.
    Why are the republicans not getting this? Who is paying them to look the other way when it comes to Global warming?

    January 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. playlist

    Senator, you are the thug....wanting to remain in the 19th century. We need more fuel efficient vehicles, and to save the planet. It's time we had a president gutsy enough to let the states dictate their own environmental policies.

    January 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Susan

    I would strongly request and suggest that Sen. Inhofe reconsider his language. An apology might also be appropriate. I think it's imperative that discussions occur in our government and that all opinions are considered. However, the negative, divisive, and derogatory language needs to stop. Americans are tired of it and will not respond favorably.

    January 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    Who left us a 5 trillion dollar debt? That's not even thuggery. That's preparing US all for a future FUNERAL of the upcoming generations. Thugs or funerals? Pick ONE

    January 26, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Yea... because allowing them to produce whatever they wanted did a great thing for the big 3 automakers...

    The rest of the world doesn't have time for flat-Earth idiots or so called "global warming skeptics". As long as complete morons like Inhofe have any power than America will only lose ground.

    Even if you aren't "convinced" (i.e. you've been bought off by powerful oil interests within your state) concerning global warming... a recognition that the rest of the world will have emission and efficiency standards that the cars produced here must meet in order to be sold there... just this simple recognition of market reality would be a great step in the right direction.

    Inhofe is a complete idiot.

    January 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. NICK

    I am willing to bet that Sen. Ihofe is a republican, and a ignorant one at that. "Global warming is a hoax". Smart move Senator.
    I get the feeling that these Senators feel that they know more about everything, than all the scientist, health officals, finance experts, and industrial experts in the whole country... Get with it Republicans, you are over the hill and a new age is decending upon you.

    January 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Obama 2012

    "Environmental Thuggery" what is that?!! Why does the word "Thug" has to be part of anything? Is this a racial slur!!

    Come on...enough already. Treat this man with the respect he deserves!!!!

    January 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Tom

    Another blow hard from the Republican Party.
    The Republican Party today reminds me of the Federalist Party of 1815- dead.

    Press on with your agenda of change President Obama!!!

    Tom, Saginaw, Michigan

    January 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Stephen

    It's about time the Republicans finally stood up and said enough is enough – we can't allow the Federal government to dictate policy to the states. I am so happy to see a Republican finally standing up for what Republicans claim to support – small unintruisive Federal goverment, and states being in control of making decisions that affect their residents.

    January 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. donna

    I guess they don't understand that our PRESIDENT isn't playing around with them..he has the "executive orders" at his disposal to get rid of all the foolishness with the swipe of a pen...they will have to deal with it..hope they kept their lobbying money safe cause the days of the "old way" are over..THANK GOD!!!!!!!!


    January 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. William MacDonald

    This is the same kind of negative,short-sightedness that got the auto industry and this country in the position we are in: heavily dependent on foreign oil, living for quarterly results and not seeing opportunity in greener technologies and more fuel efficient vehicles. The country that put a man on the moon in the 60's has wasted a good part of the last 40 years living for the short-term. Thank you all you lobbyists and greedy CEO's and thank you Congress for your lack of fortitude and vision and lets not forget partisanship. Did we really need to spend 10's of millions and divert energy and attention away from the important issues facing our nation because our President appears to have lied about receiving oral sex?

    January 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Charles in MN

    Just go ahead and nationalize the auto industry. Make only Yugos, except we will call them Amerigos. And let me tell you, they will suck big time.

    January 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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