Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797
Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160
Inhofe Congratulates President Obama on Big Green Endorsements
Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, congratulated President Obama today on his endorsements from the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Action, and Environment America, which were announced this morning.
"I would like to congratulate President Obama on securing the endorsement of the radical environmental left, a prize that is well deserved and hard won," Senator Inhofe said. "Looking back on his record, President Obama has many major accomplishments to tout. By imposing backdoor global warming cap-and-trade regulations through the EPA, he is fulfilling his campaign promise that energy prices would 'necessarily skyrocket'; by vetoing the Keystone pipeline, he gave the far left what one of his supporters called the biggest global warming victory in years; by finalizing the most expensive EPA rule in history, he is making good on his campaign promise that if anybody wants to build a coal fired power plant they can - 'it's just that it will bankrupt them'; and he succeeded in throwing hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars out the window on companies like Solyndra, which he said would lead us to a 'brighter and more prosperous future.'
"But now that Americans are reeling from the skyrocketing gas and electricity prices that President Obama promised; angry that he stopped the Keystone pipeline and the tens of thousands of jobs it would have created; and outraged over the taxpayer dollars that were wasted on companies like Solyndra, President Obama doesn't seem to be interested in touting these major accomplishments. Instead of standing in front of solar panels in California and defending his record, he ran all the way to Cushing, Oklahoma to stand in the middle of an oil field in an effort to convince the American people he's for an all-of-the-above approach.
"It's not likely that President Obama will be touting this endorsement; he will be running as far away from Big Green as he did from Solyndra while he's looking for votes. Yet, he's accomplished so many of his major goals. It's time for him to stand up and be proud of his record - and be honest with the American people about what's in store if he secures another term."