January 26th, 2009
03:50 PM ET
9 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. Marty from Grand Rapids, Mi

    Hey, no one is twisting the car companies arms. If they don't want to sell cars in the 8th largest economy in the world, then they don't have to. I'm not sure what all the complaining is about.

    January 26, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. 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 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Brian

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

    How in the world do you equate letting states decide their own policies as him being a king?!?!?! He has stated that he wants to do away with Bush's executive order driven end run around the constitution. Gee let the checks and balances system work again? what a monarchical idea that is.

    January 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. 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 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Oh Boy!!!???

    Necessity is the mother of all invention.

    January 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. robert in atlanta

    It's really fun to watch all the right-wingers frothing at the mouth. These next eight years are going to be very enjoyable.

    January 26, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Agnes Fleming

    It's about time someone put this donkey from Oklahoma in his place since he appears to running around blind to global warming. He's had his way for the last 8 years and 8 more years of destruction, we can only hope we are not too late to undo the environmental damage done by men such as these, because when the last man has fallen it will be too late for him to thumb his nose at the science.

    January 26, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Mr. Phil

    Yeah, because Toyota is really hurting financially with their 6 models that get over 30mpg (when the American CAFE standard is currently set at 27.5). It really sucks that we're going to have to give them SO MUCH bailout money. Oh wait, they don't need bailout money. And yes, before some ignorant republibot says something, I know Toyota isn't an American company.

    January 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. KenM

    Hey Ray Ray and AndyL, we can see that it is very hard for people like you to realize that the humans who lived in harmony with the dinosaurs 3,000 years ago have now grown and progressed to the point that they can befoul the environment enough to affect the climate. Apparently it goes against what poses as your common sense: if God had wanted us to regulate ourselves to preserve our earth, he would have built it in to free-market capitalism — the unwritten, but fully worshiped, 11th commandment. Right!?

    It looks likje Mr. Obama's and Ms Clinton's work for the environment will be viewed by you true-believing rightwingers as an affront to your version of God's will, a will where we are meant to live happily and without regulation within our own filth, a will where man is not to take any initiative to preserve the earth and his own well-being, a will that says we are to instead mindlessly seek guidance from his wingnut messengers Limbaugh, Coulter, O'Reilly who will help us resist The Enlightenment. Anybody who goes against that "will" will be labled a thug.

    And that's just great, we now have a new neo-moronic fairytale from AndyL: Obama released terrorists. Man when they branded the word s-t-u-p-i-d on your forehead, they breeched the skull!

    January 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. lovable liberal

    That's thuggery? Dude, you've just got no clue.

    January 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Sen James Inhofe has done more to support poor judgment in regards to intelligence in a wasteful war, a wasteful energy policy , a disregard to sustainability in a world economy . Inhofe who helped navigate BLM leases to his friends at below market prices . Now he wants the workers of America to continue to build products that won't sell in a world market .

    Inhofe was the yes man , legislating go between for the EX Vice President Dick Cheney .

    His time is over !

    How can such a closed minded individual be a leader ?

    January 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. D.T.

    January 26th, 2009 4:38 pm ET

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

    Funny how people don't think of the consequences. If the liberal coastal areas DID get wiped away... where do you think they will all move to? Oh... possibly Oklahoma and turn the red state blue.

    I guess some are really as dumb as they are portrayed by the media.

    January 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Nicole

    He's letting the states regulate emission standards. If you don't like it, contact your state rep or government official. Otherwise, stop whining! After 8 years of federal hindrance on scientific progress, it's about time we have an administration that believes and supports scientific innovation!

    January 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Marc

    It's easy to say anything against Global Warming during the Winter. If the World is getting hotter how come that there's still Winter? Problem is that if you pick the average temperature of the WHOLE YEAR (and not just its coldest days) you'll realize that in the past years the average has been getting higher and higher. That's why it's called Global Warming, because no matter how cold the days of Winter may be, like they have been the past weeks, they do not diminish the average temperature of the year!
    This said, what does a moron that did his best to prevent the Big 3 to be forced to adequate their products to the publics demands have to say about 'thuggery'?

    January 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Jo

    Go Obama! Welcome to the 21st century USA!

    January 26, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Craig- Easton, PA

    So much for suporting State's Rights, eh Senator? If they don't like the rules, then don't sell cars there.

    January 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. James at 46

    I'm an economist. This is another nail in the coffin of industry, starting with the auto makers. Hope all you enviros feel good about yourselves for supporting it. Now come here to Michigan and get a taste for what the results will be in your states.

    January 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Adam Williams

    President Obama promised people making under 200,000 dollars would recieve a stimulus check, and I'm on SSI making under 200,000 dollars and dont pay taxes.

    Sincerely Adam Williams

    January 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Shirley in California

    Well we all know what Sen. James Inhofe is. A racist thug.

    January 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Tyrone Brown

    If President Barack Obama's executive order to allow the states to regulate fule emissions is "environmental thuggery," then Senator Inhofe's skepticism on global warming is just plain "ignorance and stupidity." I might also that the senator from Oklahoma is walking a fine line when he chooses to use the word "thug" in relation to our nations first President of African American descent. With all due respect Sentor – get a clue!

    January 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Jon

    If Pres. Obama has upset Sen. Inhofe, than he has done somthing right!!!

    January 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Stacey, California

    Personally, I resent the term "thuggery". Just curious to know if this is the first time he used this to describe any other policies he disagreed with. Obama will obviously have more challenges to deal with on the political platform. Very disappointing.

    January 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. John

    I love how people who have no clue about auto manufacturing come in here and blast the senator for saying something that they think is off base. Get a clue people. This is going to put a damper on the entire automotive industry; not just Ford, GM, and Chrysler. Every automaker that sells in the USA market is going to suffer a huge hit in production costs because of the multiple tweaks that need to be done for separate states. On top of it, he makes this executive order during one of the worst times for the auto industry.

    He is setting them up for failure. You have states like California that change their emission regulations and standards on a constant/frequent bases. It is hard to play catch up when you have to tweak over and over again for one market a lone. This will cost each auto maker billions to meet this. They don't have much money left; even the mighty Toyota has limited cash. Their cash reserves are down to only $18 billion. That $18 billion in the automotive world is not going to last long; especially with the programs they have set up. Oh and isn't the state of California bankrupt?

    Get a clue people before you make your ignorant comment just because someone is not siding with your beloved Obama. Everything he says is not 100% correct and therefore the end-all/be-all. People should be allowed to disagree with him without an army of Obamabots marching at the persons door.

    January 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    To everyone on this board and to RJ

    Hmm... that was excellent! You are a TRUE American!!! Yes, we should have one emission standard. I wish for a smart government.

    January 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Paul, Riverside CA

    Reading these comments leads me to believe that the GOP really is not an American party, but a bunch of Commies set out to destroy America.

    January 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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