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. John

    What a louse...get back in your SUV and drive back to Oklahoma...

    January 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Doug in New Mexico

    Just because someone is a senator does not mean that they are not just a little ignorant and don't know what they are talking about. Just goes to show you who is owned by big business.

    January 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Obama 2.0

    Thats what kills me about Republicans they don't know what they want. on one hand they want the states to have more power and on the other they don't. No wonder America is fed up with their failed policies. a couple more elections and they will wisen up!

    January 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Aaron

    A Republican complaining about an increase in state's rights? Odd, to say the least.

    January 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Arvidel

    This change won't further destroy the US auto industry, it will just encourage the change that so many of us voted for. We voted in a candidate of change. So far I have seen only minor changes. I'd prefer talk of even bigger changes, for that matter, like a federally mandated fuel efficiency standard of 60 MPG across all states. We won't even be able to debate this if there is no human life support system remaining on Earth as a result of environmental pollution. And for the record, yes, I drive every day, and yes, if this meant that I had to pay huge fees because my truck doesn't get good mileage, then so be it.

    January 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Streamwood Bill

    I prefer that an environmental thug like Obama be president than an environmental enuch like Bush.

    January 26, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. KG, Twin Cities

    Whatever it takes to undo 8 yrs of environmental harm.

    January 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. $13Bill

    I LOVE blaming the environmentalists (actually a huge majority of scientists with climate change knowledge) for the failure of the auto makers. I mean the auto makers only had 40 years to get up to speed on this stuff, and the Japanese car makers had a bankrupt economy to help them develop their "green cars."

    I'm not a Democrat, but the squirming and twisting of the "conservatives" to avoid taking personal responsibility for the messes (environmental, social, financial, political and global) they've made is GREAT THEATER.

    January 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Amy the Amish girl

    I laugh at all of Americans.

    January 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Luke Brown

    This senator has a long history of being out of touch with reality.

    January 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Marc

    John – January 26th, 2009 5:23 pm ET
    I checked your link and many others.
    The point is, of those 650 (and growing by the month) scientist that are on that list, there are those who simply denies (in good faith) the Global Warming, there are those who denies the participation of the Human Specie in it (so they don't deny it, just the part where WE are the main cause of it) and the rest stay somewhere in between those two points of view. Those who are respected scientist, who are not paid denialists (i.e. paid to debunk the theory of a Global Warming without really believe in what they say) and who didn't fought back the inclusion of their names on the list that is.
    There is a whole Climate Change Denial industry out there, and guess who's the poster boy of them in the Senate? One clue, he's from Oklahoma...

    January 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Inhoff is the biggest joke in Oklahoma. He still thinks the world is flat and that the sun rotates around the earth.

    January 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Dee Dee Lynn

    I am sure Senator Inhofe's skepticism about global warming (which flies in the face of reason and the evidence) has nothing to do with the fact that Oklahoma is a big oil producing state...

    Besides, I thought Republicans were all for state's rights. At least they are when it comes to issues they agree with...

    January 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Bobbie in Maryland

    This guy doesn't BELIEVE in global warming????
    Put him out with the dinosaurs!

    January 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Linda, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Inhofe should do the country a favor and retire his sorry behind – the sooner the better! The times are changing and we FINALLY have a President who is a forward thinker. Good Luck President Obama – the majority of the country is behind you (the rest, who apparently hate America, listen to dunderheads like this guy and Rush).

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. LC

    Hmm...force the big 3 into making cars that people around the world actually want to buy or keep letting them make those gas guzzlers that no one wants to buy. Wow, this is really a tough one to figure out.

    January 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. Dawn

    So what is wrong with that, we have emmisions check when we get out cars inspected. It can stop to eleminate greenhouse gases. Eviormental friendly prez, way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Linda, Salt Lake City, Utah

    The sad thing is that so many of these Republicans don't have the ability to see the "big picture." If we, as a country, became the leader in energy independence, finding clean alternative energy sources, sustainable building, living, etc., we could make TRILLIONS, as well as leading the world into better days. So sad that Republicans lack intelligence.

    January 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. Real Change

    Jim Inhoffe is bought-and-paid-for by the Oklahoma oil industry!

    January 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. John

    The good Senator from Oklahoma is probable one of the last flat earth believers on the planet, so who in their right mind would pay any attention to him?

    Finally after eight years of ignoring science, we have leadership that doesn't have to read tea leaves to get a grasp on what's happening in the world.

    January 26, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. RJ

    Hey Mr. Phil,
    Get your facts straight. Toyota IS getting bailout money from JAPAN!
    So is Honda and Nissan. CNN just conveniently neglects to report on any of it.
    They are not US based companies, so they don't qualify for any US bailout money.

    January 26, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Scott

    Ya know, if these standards had been enacted way back when and the auto industry in the US had actually started research into hybrid technology and hadn't killed off the electric car, then perhaps the forward thinking European and Japanese auto maker wouldn't have put them out of business in the first place. Neanderthal thinking get them where they are and if they want any more of MY tax dollars, then they'll start by building energy conservative, environmentally sound vehicles. And for the nimrod who was afraid that they wouldn't be able to afford one, a Prius runs about the same as a Corolla. Find a way.

    January 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. laura

    Senator accuses Pres. Obama of 'environmental thuggery'

    Sen. James Inhofe finally got to use big words!!! Uuufff after 8 yrs of Bush ..... Sen. Inhofe can finally use those big nasty words he has been dying to use but had a Pres. that would not undestand them .... Must be a big day for you sir ..... Congrads jajaaaa

    January 26, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Erika, KS

    Well, the Senator might be right. What the hell does Obama know about the environment? His large, extensive experience with the subject? Ha!

    January 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Frank, Las Vegas

    Gee, a Republican Senator who doesn't believe in global warming, that's a shocker. Of course he doesn't believe it, it's not in the Bible. However, on the bright side he'll be up for re-election pretty soon and the fine people of Oklahoma can send him on his way home, to stay. He can then watch what responsible Senators do about things based in fact. Until then, this bozo will continue to get press and show everyone just how uninformed and closed minded he is.

    January 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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