January 26th, 2009
03:50 PM ET
3 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. Soccer Nana

    @AndyL, BUSH released the terrorists; Obama has notreleased any terrorists- get your facts straight.
    Oh I forgot, you're drinking the distorted limbaugh flavored, low self esteem kool aid.

    January 26, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    FJ from Atlanta January 26th, 2009 4:33 pm ET
    “environmental thuggery” Is this some type of subliminal racist remark?
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    Why is this racial? Our own people acknowledge they are thugs. Never heard of Rap/Hip Hop? Never heard of "thug life"? We do this to ourselves and then want to blame evrybody else but us! Get real!

    January 26, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Ken in Dallas

    Inhofe still thinks Oklahoma can one-up other states because it used to be a big oil producer. He attacks the climate change argument, because somebody's given him talking points on that, but he has no stomach for the economic and national security facts that say we need to get off of the petroleum economy.

    This isn't about thuggery, it's about investment in a future over which we can have some control. If we keep running the economy on oil, only countries that have oil will end up having economies. If we stay on oil, we end up selling off our country to pay for the energy we waste, and then we won't be a country any more.

    January 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Seriously, what's the big deal about a little pollution anyhow? You can't possibly think clean air, drinkable water, mercury free fish, and wilderness are worth losing money over? Look at evolution (If Inhoufe believed in THAT), surely people will adapt, grow special skin and gills with air filters – eventually. Sure, they'll ask for more bailouts either way but maybe, just maybe, there will be new companies that emerge, run by people who want their grandchildren to live in a clean environment, and actually earn money responsibly. I suppose that's too much to expect.

    January 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Rick

    Inhofe is right on the money again. Global warming is the biggest scam ever orchestrated and of course, democrats being the mindless lemmings that they are, have fallen for it hook, line and sinker.

    January 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. p davis

    why does he have to be called a thug. the biggest thug of all was BUSH.

    January 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. eddy

    WHERE IS THIS THUG GETTING HIS EXTRA MONEY FROM.GUESS!

    January 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Baze

    I'm confused. How is it bad to let states regulate their own emissions, as opposed to the federal government putting a clamp down? I thought these were Republicans?

    January 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Todd

    Why all the applauding for Obama? He is basically stating, "I want nothing to do with this – States, you figure these things our for yourselves!"

    Didn't we have a war about "States Rights", or something??

    January 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Don In Dallas

    In Dallas we have to put up with all those Okie neocon misfits. The auto industry my come for more money but not because of raising emission standards. They are in this trouble not only because of the economy but because of their absolute refusal to innovate for the future. NOw they have a window of opportunity to do so. If they don't they should expire.

    January 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Vic of New York

    Hey Ray Ray,

    Let's strat by sending the disgraced Neo Cons to fight in Iraq, You seem like a good candidate.

    January 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Tired of Idiots

    This guy must be an Athiest. All of the signs are there but because you don't have the evidence you require to believe then it isn't so? YOU'RE an IDIOT. I have never seen Jesus and there are people out there who believe GOD doesn't exist but the signs are out there and just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't so. I guess you walk through life holding your breath because you can't see air.

    GO OBAMA

    Do what is right for this country it's people and the world

    BIG GREEN NOT BIG OIL

    January 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. LAW

    I am all for states like California establishing ultra-strict environmental controls. Let them pay far more for fuel and food. Let them create a utopia that will result in an exodus from California to other states because no one can meet the expectations. Let them look in the mirror and congratulate themselves as they die on the vine. The ultra-rich serviced by illegal immigrants–that is the coming California.

    Memo to Californians: Never, ever, whine about fuel costs and about our having to fight wars to ensure that we can have access to oil that is necessary for our economic survival. You self-righteous clowns guarantee it.

    You cannot legislate perfection. California would literally be the last state where I would want to start a business.

    January 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    Aw Man cry me a river. Environmental thugery huh? Given the real thugery by the last administration that is an interesting claim. It is called regulation. Get used to it!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Mr. Phil

    Yeah, because a company like Toyota is really suffering with their 6 vehicles that get above 30mpg (when the American CAFE is set at 27.5). Are we bailing them out? I didn't think so.

    January 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. sky

    This guy represents the mind set that needs to change....the idea that the auto industry cannot survive unless it is killing the planet. The auto industry can survive and thrive as soon as they create a car without auto emissions that kill us and our planet. Its easy. Just get with the program and you will thrive.

    January 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Mr Magoo

    As my momma says 'error on the side of caution' I agree with the President, not with the republicans that would rather destroy all that is beautiful so they can get richer.

    January 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Don In Dallas

    Oklahoma, home of the thugs.

    January 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Cleaning up after W

    It's all well and good to clean up the environment, but I think alot of people (Ray Ray, RandyL, etc.) are misssing the broader point. If the auto industry is going to take bail out money, they need to change their products. Requiring sticter emmission standards is not "beating up on the big three". It's forcing them to take the path they need to take in order to compete and survive in the market. If we give the big three money without requiring them to change their products, they're just going to keep making gas guzzlers and they'll be back with their hands out in six months.

    January 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Angie in Pa

    Has anyone sent the Gop A memo if not here it is

    MEMO TO THE GOP;
    The country Elected Barack Obama for CHANGE,Change meaning no more of the tired failed Policies of the Republican party GOT IT GOP?Now i suggest you Embrace this change SHUT THE HE– UP AND LET THE PRESIDENT DO HIS JOB!

    January 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Angie in Pa

    Has anyone sent the Gop A memo if not here it is

    MEMO TO THE GOP;
    The country Elected Barack Obama for CHANGE,Change meaning no more of the tired failed Policies of the Republican party GOT IT GOP?Now i suggest you Embrace this change SHUT THE HE– UP AND LET THE PRESIDENT DO HIS JOB!

    January 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. deb in Colo

    Inhoffe didn't get the memo...

    ENOUGH with the oil companies, oil producing nations that keep robbing us blind and letting their citizens use terrorism against us, and of the Big 3 who didn't get it, don't get it, and will still probably fail.

    TIME TO WAKE UP SENATOR – we're thru with old guys like you!

    January 26, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Grog in Ohio

    Sounds like Republicans haven't taken their lesson at the woodshed to heart yet. May have to repeat it.

    January 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. CHANGE.COM

    Inhofe what? This guy is a wacko who was bought by the auto industry. Detroit 3 have been producing fuel-efficient cars and selling them overseas for decades. Retool those and sell them right here in the USA. There is nothing wrong with that, senator. By the way, technology is there already, so shut up Inhofe.

    January 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Briana the college student

    vic cape coral fl what the hell did you think Bush did for the last eight years?

    January 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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