U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is leaving his position as top Republican huckster on the Environment and Public Works Committee, which he has used to lobby relentlessly for the oil and gas industry while embarrassing the state with his rejection of climate-change science.
A generic, pro-Inhofe article on NewsOK.com, the site of The Oklahoman, indicates the Oklahoma senator will become the top Republican on the Senate Armed Service Committee when Congress convenes in January.
The article, written in a typical press-release format by chief Washington stenographer Chris Casteel, then tells us this:
Inhofe will be giving up his spot as the top Republican — or ranking member — on the Environment and Public Works Committee, where he has helped author highway bills and gained international notice for his crusade against legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
“International notice,” as in that’s a good thing, Chris? Really.
Of course, Inhofe leaving the Environment and Public Works Committee as its top minority member is the real news not his new appointment, but Casteel, who works for an extremely conservative and biased news organization, won’t expand on it. (Casteel and The Oklahoman have enabled Inhofe during his entire political career.) Inhofe has waged a one-man war against the science of global warming for years, using his position on the committee as a bully pulpit. He has called global warming a “hoax” and absurdly claimed climate change science is a left-wing conspiracy.
Meanwhile, he has tried to protect the interests of the oil, gas and coal industries through outlandish, illogical claims while pocketing more than $500,000 in campaign contributions from the fossil fuels industry since 2007. Certainly, Inhofe has probably been one of the most anti-environmental politicians in the history of the country and definitely THE most anti-environmental figure in the world so far in the twenty-first century. For this, he has obviously become a national and state embarrassment.
Now, post-election, it appears his crusade against basic scientific principles has become an albatross around the GOP’s neck, a tremendous liability that will only sink the Republicans further into their oblivion on the national level. How can the GOP win the presidency if Inhofe and others like him continue to so loudly represent a particular, archaic branch of the party?
Cases in point:
Warren's victory, Akin's loss and Bloomberg's statements make Inhofe look like a relic of political party that, as of now, refuses to change.Inhofe can do a lot less damage for his party as a minority member of the Armed Services Committee as the country finally winds down the military occupation of Afghanistan.
Does the election mean Inhofe, who will soon turn 78, will lose even more credibility over his outlandish claims about global warming? It seems so, and that’s good for the planet.
Update: Inhofe says he's stepping down from his position because of term limits apparently mandated by the GOP. He says he will continue to fight against climate-change science.
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