January 26th, 2009
03:50 PM ET
11 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. tee

    Are these Rethugs and the people that agree with them, from another planet. Every time they open their mouths, gargabe comes out.

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

    Hey Marc show me how Global Warming has been proven into FACT when it is still a scientific theory. There are over 650 scientists around the world that think the exact opposite of you.

    http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=2674e64f-802a-23ad-490b-bd9faf4dcdb7

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

    AndyL January 26th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

    First he release potential terrorist from Guantanamo Bay and now he want to make things harder and more expensive for an auto industry that is already on the verge of collapse. Whose side is this guy on anyways, the American people or the rest of the world.

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    First he release potential terrorist from Guantanamo Bay ????????

    President Obama did NOT release anyone .. duckie

    now he want to make things harder and more expensive for an auto industry that is already on the verge of collapse.

    President Obama is NOT making it harder for them ... thanks to BUSH they have it easier now .. all they have to do is start over ... duckie

    Whose side is this guy on anyways, the American people or the rest of the world.

    Hhmmm I think the WORLD belongs to everyone which includes Americans ... duh duckie!

    January 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. uv777bk

    Yeah! To hell with the ecology!!
    {Sarcasm}

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

    Coming at a time when the economy sucks here and abroad, Obama's timing couldn't be worse. Lets see...the auto companies came to the table begging and we gave them a chunk of change and now we are going to handcuff them to some new restrictions and guidelines for some rogue states. That has got to have them spinning in Detroit. Sure, they could certainly use some incentive to get moving, but more restrictions to their already beleagured businesses...get real

    January 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Darko

    "Man made" global warming is an ideology that is being used to 'thuggishly' to push an agenda to those invested in 'green' technology.

    Allowing 'bankrupt' states like California to effectively set the national standard for emmissions is stupid at best. Efficiency has to be formed slowly and effectively, not rammed through with an executive order. This method will undoubtedly cause more harm than good.

    January 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. nate

    this guy is an idiot. Wake up! Global warming is real its not a partisan issue its a world issue. The people of Oklahoma need to elect a statesman not this partisan fool.

    January 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Ben - Portland, Or

    Regardless of what one thinks of global warming – real or not – the fact of the matter is there will continue to be more cars produced, and more cars lead to more emissions, and more emissions lead to health problems, and that's a fact no scientist can argue against. But cars are only part of the problem; there are still power plants and factories (although the republicans did a good job getting most of those closed) to clean up.

    January 26, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Now That's Irony

    For this idealog to denounce the first glimmerings of any ecological conscience that we have seen in eight years from the white house is just incredible.

    This is the same lying idiot that produced that bogus and thoroughly debunked list of 400 "prominent scientists" in the name of "sound science" who supposedly refute the idea of global warming. For a good laugh, read that list of whack jobs, those totally unrelated to climate research, and those who protest being on the list.

    But like most conservatives, facts are only a minor inconvenience; "sound science" is simply his contribution to the GOP practice of naming something the exact opposite of what it is (remember the Clear Skies act?).

    January 26, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Michael

    For god's sake, American taxpayers are giving the automakers untold billions of dollars. Is it REALLY too much to expect that the automakers do something in return? Like, say, something that'll benefit future generations, and not just their own bottom lines?

    Otherwise, what will the bailout accomplish except throwing good money after bad?

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

    Wow.... another one of Rush Limbaugh's Lifetime Fan Club Member at their best.

    What a POS, this guy, like many of his other REPUG friends are just pissy because they are NO longer calling the shots and NO ONE cares what they think after eight years of doing NOTHING!!!

    January 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Pog Mahon

    Inhofe is a barbarian thugg who cares only about himself, his cronnies, and the all mighty dollar. He supports returning power to the states when it benefits his greed, but whines like a stuck "pig with lipstick" when it doesn't benefit him. There is a lot he doesn't understand, maybe because he has a smaller than average brain.
    He is typical of the Repub cry baby – dangerous to our citizens and our environment. These dinosaurs need to herd back to their open air caves with the Bush/Chenney "thuggery".

    January 26, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Rob from NC

    More states rights?? Thuggery accusations made by the right?? I am starting to believe less in thuggery and more in just blind ignorance.

    What I also find funny is that whenever I see an angry, ultra-conservative rant on the CNN Comment boards, it is almost ALWAYS accompanied by misspellings and bad grammar. LONG LIVE the GOP regardless of what they say or do!!! YEE BUZZARD!

    January 26, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    A Republican Senator accusing someone of "thuggery" is a real case of the pot and the kettle. We ran a bunch of those Republican thugs out of office the past two election cycles......how did we miss this bozo?

    January 26, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. chuck

    Anyone who knows this guy knows that his head is screwed on askew. He is the biggest detractor of global warming. He got very angry when Bush agreed to save the polar bear. Most of the global warming is coming from his many offspring. He said on the floor that he has 20 kids and grandkids. Think of all the global warming to come in the future when they adopt his breeding practices. Speaking of thuggery – he would know best. Just listen to his backwoods opinions on equal rights for gay American citizens. Citizens who fall under the "all men" in the phrase "all men are created equal". What a stupid little man.

    January 26, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. David Newport, OR

    He should read the latest report about how 98% of all climatologists interviewed agree that global "warming" is real. He is an idiot. I bet just 6 short months ago he was stating our economy is fundamentally sound. It makes my heart glad that people are finally opening their eyes to the reality that we are where we are because of the Republican party. It will take awhile for things to get better...and they will...given the people that got us here just shut up and let us fix the problem, just like we always do.

    January 26, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. susan, GB MI

    I agree with the Senator. For every consumer here that has put Toyota in first place worldwide with sales..does this mean Toyota will have 14 standards for each state? Because, GUESS WHAT, they only have ONE emissions standard for their cars and trucks. One.

    That is why they are efficient. This is too costly. Have the tightest standard possible, and make it the same for all global car makers.

    January 26, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. I Support the President

    Another reason why Oklahoma is not "OK"

    January 26, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Darko

    It's awefully racist of you people to be equating 'thuggery' with 'African-American'.

    He used the term 'thuggery' because it's being forced upon everyone will no say. Shouldn't Congress (god help us) be making these types of laws?

    January 26, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. pamela purse

    so scary...this man is a senator?????
    doesn't believe n global warming????
    npr reports today it is doing irreversable damage

    is there not a requirement that elected officials
    have a brain???

    January 26, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. thersa

    Those Repubs love federalism until a state more progressive than they like wants out from under the thumb of the federal government. Can you say hypocrite?

    January 26, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Independent in DC

    For years the auto industry has been dragging it's feet. We can no longer allow this to happen or we will continue to get what we get. If we don't take the proper measures now then we do we? Kudos to the President for taking a stand. It may hurt in the short term, but NOONE can deny that this will be far more beneficial in the long term.

    January 26, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. canadian pov

    Naysayers – take of the blinders - protecting the environment will force new ideas, new technologies and a new economy. If there is no change it won't matter diddly what any GOPers do to stifle Obama - the filthy air we breath does not discriminate on partisan lines.

    January 26, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. S.positive

    And this idiot of a senator is part of the enviromental panel. At last, the real Americans who really love the country has taken over...

    January 26, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Nola

    Senator Inhoaf is one of the Republican senators that needs to go home. He as well as a large number of people working in Washington that totally lack knowledge of how the environment is being destroyed.

    January 26, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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