Sen. Inhofe Gets Perfect Score from Big Oil
According to a little-known legislative scorecard and Voter Guide from the American Petroleum Institute, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is the ideal legislator. The National Wildlife Federation discovered his MVP status with the oil industry’s top trade association, and they have issued a limited-edition trading card to commemorate it. The card highlights some of the Senator’s career milestones, including:
•Sen. Inhofe and his leadership PAC have received $2,182,631 from the oil & gas industries since 1998, according to OpenSecrets.org. During that time, America’s foreign oil imports have increased 21 percent.
•Sen. Inhofe took to the Senate floor in 2003 to call global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”
This recognition from Big Oil came as Sen. Inhofe, a climate-change denier, organized a boycott of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which had been working on the Kerry-Boxer clean energy bill. Concerned that some Republicans might be willing to engage in some bipartisan compromise on it, Sen. Inhofe has chosen to organize the Republican members of his committee and obstruct the entire process by walking out.
“Senator Inhofe has taken his team off the field before the real action has even started. Behind the scenes, you can be sure Big Oil is giving Sen. Inhofe a standing ovation,” said Jeremy Symons, senior vice president of the National Wildlife Federation. “The oil industry has led a multi-million dollar assault on clean energy and climate legislation to protect its profits at the expense of America’s energy security. Now, Sen. Inhofe is once again coming through in the clutch for Big Oil.”
Sen. Inhofe told reporters that Republicans will not return to debate the climate bill until a proper EPA analysis is done. Senator Boxer (D-CA), meanwhile, said the EPA had already done a two-week analysis of the Kerry-Boxer bill, which came on top of the five-week review of the House-passed bill — and the two bills are “90 percent similar.”
Such facts would not stand in the way of Sen. Inhofe’s plans. Keep in mind that it was Sen. Inhofe who bragged about opposing health care legislation, saying last summer at a town hall meeting, “I don’t have to read it, or know what’s in it. I’m going to oppose it anyways.”