(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.
Here's what Arnold (R-CA) said today...
“With this announcement from President Obama less than a week into his administration, it is clear that California and the environment now have a strong ally in the White House. Allowing California and other states to aggressively reduce their own harmful vehicle tailpipe emissions would be a historic win for clean air and for millions of Americans who want more fuel-efficient, environmentally-friendly cars. My administration has been fighting for this waiver since 2005 and we will not give up until it is granted because we owe it to our children and to our grandchildren to do more than just protect our natural resources, we must also work to improve them so that we leave behind an environment for future generations that is better than it is today.”
God help us. Right now, we need a STRONG visionary leader. We cant afford to be blowing with the wind anymore if we all want to be FREE.
Neocons hate it when auto companies increase fuel economy and gain market share and increase profits as a result. All they ever want to see is failed American businesses and increased pollution. To a male GOP congressman, its second only to airport bathroom love-fests and tweenage boys when it comes to providing for their carnal satisfaction.
To Change.com; yes, the domestics have those very fuel efficient vehicles in Europe right now. However, their diesel powertrains will be heavily fined because they won't meet the very strict CAFE standards. California will heavily fine them and will most likely put their ban on diesels back in place.
Inhofe / Palin 2012 jajaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Wow Inhofe ... you just made Palin sound hhmmmm ' smart '
Rick – January 26th, 2009 4:52 pm ET
'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.'
Actually YOU are the one who only appears in these blogs to repeat the mantra 'Global Warming does not exist! Global Warming does not exist! Global Warming does not exist!' over and over again?
What's that Rick, are you from the Global Warming Denial Church? You know, those people who no matter how much proven WRONG still can't accept that there is a Global Warming?
Hey red face .... get with the program ... START caring about US not about MONEY People ...
If the Republicans are unhappy with Obama, then the new president must be doing a good job. Suck it up, GOP. You lost, remember?
"I hope Global Warming is REAL and HAPPENS FAST! The sooner we can wash away the liberal coastal areas the better."
Ray Ray -
As a liberal coastal person, I'll gladly make you a deal. Let's form two countries - the liberal coasts and the conservative heartland. Wanna guess which country would turn into a third world nation? I suggest you do some research to look into manufacturing, production, and tax revenue numbers to inform your answer. The truth is you live off the excess production of the coastal elite. Put that in your conservative pipe and smoke it.
Look, Obama is undoing Bush's executive order, that undid a court decision in California's favor. Obama can't just reset EPA standards for the country, Congress has to do that. And Congress- convinced by the auto industry for years- has refused to do that. This goes back to the Carter administration, which increased fuel efficiency- only to have the Reagan administration cancel them. If Carter's standards had been left alone, we would not be in quite so much a mess, in terms of oil use.
Amazing how the republicans always support states' rights unless it's the democrats who grant the states their rights. Then it's "thuggery"?
This is amazingly thoughtful and futuristic thinking by Obama. Save the environment and make it more livable again. After all, we will all be living out in the wild after our economy quickens it's under his "intelligent", (cough, cough!), leadership.
To Rumple Stiltskin...aka Senator James Inhofe – wake up from yesteryear...conservation, cleaner air, et al, and innovation are a good thing...and profitable...not to mention sending fewer billions of dollars to middle-eastern countries – with some of it's leaders supporting/ funding terrorism.
To the "Big Three"...adopt and follow the Marines creed...Innovate, Adapt, and Overcome! We're having to do this out here beyond the ivory towers and mahogany row too 'ya meek jerks.
Looks like we have another Rush fan in the Senate. Get real and get with it! The younger people of this country spoke up and now they are acting and not ho-hum,hohumming around. I love the froth I am seeing in all the naysayers that always say it can't be done. Well, it is finally getting done (CHANGE) and it could be too late. I have faith. I will not live in the fear they spit out on Rush, in the Senate or Congress. BTW- I am 58 yrs old, and I voted for CHANGE!
Rick> I suppose you believe the Earth is flat, too. If the polar ice caps and various glaciers around the world melting at an alarming rate isn't proof enough for you, I don't know what else to say.
AndyL> There is a reason Japanese car companies do so well: they give the people what they want (great gas mileage) and their cars are affordable. The US auto industry needs to step it up or NO ONE is going to buy their cars!
First the repugs vote against raising the cafe standards and claim to be all for state rights. Now they call it thuggery when the prez gives the states rights to clean up the environment. The car companies are going to have to retool to be competitive. Maybe the repugs can once again blame it on the UAW that things are so bad for the car companies.
That is all fine and good, we all should drive new, energy efficient cars. What happens to the people who can't afford them? I may be Republican, but a new car is not in my budget.
I think James Inhoffe is well up to speed on the basic tenets of
I wonder if this guy voted for the auto-bailout since he seems so concerned about them coming back for more money? If he did not vote for it then he really barks down the wrong hole. If he did good for him, but he must have missed the news that this is what POTUS said he would do during the campaign.
Is Inhofe up for election in 2010?
Let's vote all the obstructionists OUT
The article even says that this clown is a global warming skeptic! What to you expect?!
I'm a Californian and I am all FOR the stricter regulations! Even if you don't believe in global warming, you can at least SEE the effects of pollution. We need cleaner air and more environmental responsibility.
This will just cause a big regulatotry and enforcement mess, as well as add to the cost of cars. If higher standards are needed, there should be a higher federal standard. Having 50 different 'standards' means there is no standard. Of course having 50 different regulations in force makes the big government Dems happy. Hey dummies, it's a question of efficiency. Is it more efficient for an automaker to make one model or 50 variants? Raise the standard, but do it once at the federal level.
Inhofe, you lost. Suck it up and think about your children's children's future.
A "long-time skeptic" hmmm? From Oklahoma? Somehow, that's not surprising.
States rights have been undermined for decades, where our Constitution actually supported them. I think it is wise to let them have some say, as long as they don't go BELOW the recommended levels. States like California with it's smog, or some of the manufacturing states (although there are less and less of those) probably DO need higher standards. It could even go down to regional requirements: Houston definitely needs higher standards than Austin.
This guy is out of luck, out to lunch, and out of touch.
How proud the people of Oklahoma must feel to produce a Senator like Inhofe! Real intelligent guy, careful choice of words, so in tune with his constituents and so full of scientific knowledge. I am truly amazed! ;-)