It would take years to list all the things that are wrong about Oklahoma republican senator, Jim Inhofe. He is by every reasonable measure, a shameless oil industry shill, a liar, and a hypocrite. He is also quite possibly both the meanest and stupidest man currently sitting in the Senate--and given some of the vile characters in the upper chamber at this moment that's saying a lot.
Senator Inhofe has spent years claiming that climate change in general and global warming in particular is a hoax. He even wrote a book about it three years ago, titled, "The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future." That's right all these disparate scientists, from dozens of fields, have gotten together and decided to, according to Inhofe, cripple the American economy in order to fulfill their extremist ecological views. The senator has never told us exactly when, or where this nefarious cabal came together in order to hatch their dastardly plot, but then he has never been accused of being a detail oriented sort of guy.
Given his history it must have come to a shock to many of his colleagues when he co-sponsored a one sentence amendment to a bill yesterday which read, "It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax."
It is unclear if Ted Cruz choked on his tongue when he realized Inhofe had a part in the amendment.
Not to worry though, The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel writes, Inhofe explained himself this way, "(The) Climate is changing. Climate has always changed and always will. There is archaeological evidence of that, there is biblical evidence of that. It will always change." According to Casteel he went on to say, "The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think they are so powerful they can change climate. Man can't change climate."
Sure, other people disagree with him on the subject, but they're all a bunch of scientists and don't have the extensive background in aviation, real estate, and insurance than James Mountain Inhofe has. That's right, how many of the so called scholars can say they were the president of Quaker Life Insurance when it went into the tank like he can. Besides, none of those crazed liberals are on the take from the people who really know what is going on--the oil companies.
As you can probably guess Senator Inhofe doesn't agree with President Obama a whole lot--actually he doesn't agree with him ever. The other day after the president's state of the union speech he issued a statement which, in part, said, "The truth about this tax package, (which was proposed in the address) is that it will crush our farmers and ranchers ability to stay in business. It's just more of the president's socialist agenda."
There is our Jim, looking out for all the farmers and ranchers. This despite the fact he is a huge fan of the Keystone XL pipeline which will slice right through the center of hundreds if not thousands of those same ranches and farms.
Yesterday the Los Angeles Times published a story about 90 Nebraska property owners fighting the TransCanada Corporation who wants to build the Keystone XL. TransCanada has run into so much local resistance they've gone to the state government to initiate a campaign of eminent domain. In this case it means they can build their pipeline across a farmer's land even if the owner doesn't want them to and at a price determined by the corporation without any negotiation.
The Times quoted Jeanne Crumly, whose family has been farming the same land for over 100 years as saying, "(The pipeline) is simply a for profit venture and they're asking landowners to accommodate that. There is no compelling reason whatsoever any of us would want this to go through our land, our state. There is no benefit to our personal property, or our state."
Another Nebraska farmer, Nancy Allpress said, "This is a foreign owned company coming in and exercising eminent domain against our will for a project we believe is of no benefit to the United States."
They're right when they say the pipeline is of no benefit to either Nebraska, or the United States, with the exception of a few oil refineries in the Houston area. That's because almost all that Canadian crude is going to be exported to places far, far away. The existence of the Keystone XL will do absolutely nothing to lessen this country's dependence on foreign oil. It will however make huge bucks for TransCanada.
So there we have it. Jim Inhofe says Barack Obama has a socialist agenda. This despite a soaring stock market the likes of which Ron Reagan could only dream about, plus an ever widening income gap between the wealthiest one percent and the rest of us. Meanwhile he thinks it is just fine for a state government to allow a rogue foreign corporation to plow right through the middle of some Americans private property without their permission and at a price they don't agree to.
It appears someone around here is a little fuzzy on the concepts of big government and socialism.
Well these things happen when you are busy exposing hoaxes perpetrated by...arrogant people who think they are so powerful...
Hey, there are a lot of things happening and a senator really can't focus on everything at once. Sometimes it is inevitable there will be inconsistencies. If James Mountain Inhofe proves anything during his career it will certainly be that.