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Inhofe called an enemy to the planet

January 13, 2010
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe isn't upset Rolling Stone called him one of the "planet's worst enemies." He is, however, a little peeved he wasn't ranked higher.

Calling Inhofe "one of the GOP's loudest and most influential voices on climate change," the magazine listed the Senator in its section on Climate Killers, which was headlined by legendary investor Warren Buffett.

"My first response was I should have been No. 1, not No. 7," Inhofe told the Tulsa World. "I am serious about that. I have spent now literally years on this thing, and it has been a long, involved thing.''

In addition to Inhofe and Buffett, the magazine's list includes Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas; media baron Rupert Murdoch; former Democratic House leader Dick Gephardt; columnist and television pundit George Will; U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue; Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries; and others from the energy industry.

"I am really in a better crowd than I have been in for quite some time," Inhofe told the World.

From Rolling Stone:
As the former chairman and ranking Republican of the Senate environment committee, Inhofe is one of the GOP's loudest and most influential voices on climate change. The senator from Oklahoma calls global warming "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," insists that carbon dioxide is not "a real pollutant," and doesn't worry about rising sea levels, because, if all else fails, "God's still up there."

Far from being marginalized, Inhofe continues to hold remarkable sway: In November, he organized fellow GOP members to boycott the environment committee's debate on climate legislation. He also marshaled the ranking GOP members of all six committees with jurisdiction over climate change to write Sen. Barbara Boxer, warning her that proceeding without Republicans would "severely damage" prospects for the bill's passage. The move helped cloud the bill's future, diminishing America's bargaining position at the Copenhagen climate negotiations. "We won, you lost," Inhofe gloated to Boxer during a committee hearing. "Get a life."

In December, the senator also vowed that a resurgent GOP would block the EPA from curbing carbon pollution: "After the 2010 election," he said, "I guarantee we'll have the votes to do it."
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