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January 15, 2010

Posted by: Matt Dempsey matt_dempsey@epw.senate.gov

Update - Tulsa World editorial staff weighs-in: INHOFE GATHERS NO MOSS - How much do you think it cost U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe to get Rolling Stone to name him as one of the planet's worst enemies? The left-wing sniping from the left coast magazine is the sort of publicity that could give Inhofe the energy (and the votes) to stick around in the Senate for six more years."

Update - Oklahoman editorial staff comments: Green badge of courage? - Sen. Jim Inhofe loves getting a rise out of environmental groups and the attention that goes with it — like Rolling Stone’s new article naming him one of the planet’s worst enemies. Inhofe, R-Tulsa, has gotten under a lot of people’s skin contesting the "settled science” of global warming and environmental regulatory efforts that carry a big economic price tag, all from his perch on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. Inhofe’s main beef with the article is he thinks he was ranked too low. "My first response was I should have been No. 1, not No. 7,” he 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.” And he shows no sign of easing his foot off the gas pedal.

Asked by the Tulsa World for his response to the Rolling Stone "Climate Killer" article, Senator Inhofe said,

"'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.'''

Check out how Rolling Stone responded online today to Inhofe's remarks. Article below.  

Be sure to listen/watch more of Inhofe interviews on the Rolling Stone piece:

KRMG Interview with Joe Kelley
KFAQ Interview with Pat Campbell
News9 Coverage

Rolling Stone  

Inhofe to Rolling Stone: Hey, I'm Earth Enemy No. 1

By: Tim Dickinson

January 15, 2010

Link to Blog

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe has a beef with Rolling Stone. The Senator is upset, not that he was included in our Climate Killers cover story, but that he wasn't named the Earth's top foe.

"I should have been number one," he said in a radio interview. "I guess Buffet has a lot more money so he went first."

[Rolling Stone should note that, strictly speaking, our package wasn't a ranking - although Warren Buffet does appear on the first page, while Inhofe rears his ugly mug a few pages later.]

Nonetheless, Inhofe also took his pity party to the Tulsa World: "My first response was I should have been No. 1, not No. 7. I am serious about that," he said. "I have spent now literally years on this thing, and it has been a long, involved thing."

Inhofe bravely admitted he'd never before heard this magazine. "I shouldn't say this, but I really didn't know anything about Rolling Stone," he said. "I'd never even heard of the magazine."

Proving he deserved a spot on our list, the senator sounded a triumphal note on the bleak future of climate legislation in the Senate: "We have won. We ought to rejoice in this," he said. "We've avoided the largest tax increase in history that wouldn't have accomplished anything at all."

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