Inhofe Responds to Rolling Stone Article
January 13, 2010
Posted by: David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov
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By: Jim Myers
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WASHINGTON - In a cover story on global warming titled "You Idiots!" Rolling Stone named U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe as one of the "planet's worst enemies.''
The Oklahoma Republican took issue.
"My first response was I should have been No. 1, not No. 7," said Inhofe, perhaps the most vocal global-warming skeptic in Congress. "I am serious about that. I have spent now literally years on this thing, and it has been a long, involved thing.''
Although the magazine did not actually rank its "Climate Killers" by number, it does appear Warren Buffett, the legendary investor from Nebraska who is one of the richest people in the nation, took the top spot.
Buffett was the first one profiled and, unlike the other 16 "polluters and deniers," he did not have to share a page.
Still, Inhofe conceded his profile said some "nice'' things about him.
The magazine described him as "one of the GOP's loudest and most influential voices on climate change."
Citing his headline-grabbing comments from the past, it states that Inhofe is far from being marginalized and continues to hold remarkable sway.
He is credited with leading an effort that helped cloud the future of a major climate change bill in the Senate and "diminishing America's bargaining position at the Copenhagen climate negotiations."
Inhofe is called "God's Denier" for the way he dismisses concern about rising sea levels.
"I say God is still up there, and we will always have these changes," he said.
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 said.
As for the title of the article, Inhofe takes it in stride.
"It is something I have taken eight years of hits for, and then finally we have come from a position of about only 18 percent of the people in America agreeing with my original position 10 years ago to about 75 percent now," Inhofe said, adding that he now feels redeemed on the issue.
In the middle of working on a book, he said, he has been going through the other names he has been called in the past.
"If you don't have truth on your side, you don't have logic on your side and you don't have science on your side, you have to revert to name calling," he said.