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Senator James "Global Warming Is Hoax" Inhofe (R-OK) Seems to Think He's Working for FOX News

Reported by Marie Therese - November 20, 2006 -

On Friday morning November 17, 2006, FOX & Friends' trio of hosts conducted an interview with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), chair of the Committee on the Environment and Public Works, who is up for re-election in 2008. Although I was somewhat familiar with Inhofe's reputation as an ardent supporter of the Bush agenda, I had never actually seen him in action before. As you can see from the video below, the Senator from Oklahoma is an outspoken opponent of the theory that human-produced hydrocarbons have contributed to global warming. Inhofe was discussing the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Nairobi. Kenya and used his FOX News platform to spout right-wing mantras that the UN is bad, Kofi Annan is the devil incarnate, the Kyoto Accords are a joke, etc. He seemed quite hurt that a press conference scheduled in Nairobi at which selected scientists would give "the true side, the true science" had to be canceled because of lack of interest by the foreign media.

Among Inhofe's priceless pearls of pompous punditry, I found his first sentence in the interview to be most revealing, since he seemed to believe he was a member of the FOX News staff!

"I think a lot of our viewers forgot the fact that this all started like many bad things with the United Nations ..." ("Your viewers" would have been the more correct phrase.)

Steve Doocy later made fun of CNN interviewer Miles O'Brien, saying "Listen, you are an expert because you head up this committee about global warming and I loved what was it? - about a month ago? - some pinhead over at CNN was trying to tell you about global warming and he was quoting a movie, a fictional movie?!!!" Inhofe responded, "He was. Yeah. Miles O'Brien, and we had quite a discussion there. He's the darling of the left for morning shows, and in fact on that show I reminded him that just twelve years before he was tryin' to scare everyone into thinkin' that a new ice age was coming."

You can listen to Inhofe get skewered by Miles O'Brien by clicking here. At one point O'Brien references the FOX-produced movie "The Day After Tomorrow." However, Inhofe deliberately distorts what happened with O'Brien. Here is the excerpt from the CNN transcript of the show:

INHOFE: ... And I wonder also, Miles, it wasn't long ago -- you've got to keep everyone hysterical all the time. You were the one that said another ice age is coming just 12 years ago.

O'BRIEN: I said that? I didn't say that.

INHOFE: You didn't say that? Let me quote you...

O'BRIEN: No, no, no. I'd be willing to tell you there are stories like that. But there's not...

(CROSSTALK)

INHOFE ... quote you so I'll be accurate. I don't want to be inaccurate.

O'BRIEN: All right, go ahead.

INHOFE: You said, in talking about a shift that was coming -- you said, "If the Gulf Stream were to shift again, the British Isles could be engulfed in polar ice and Europe's climate could become frigid." That's another scary story.

O'BRIEN: But that also is a potential outgrowth of global warming when you talk about the ocean currents being arrested. This is "The Day After Tomorrow" scenario that we're talking about.

As is readily apparent, O'Brien did not use information from the movie to justify his scientific conclusions. However, if you listen to Inhofe, you'd think Miles O'Brien had actually used fiction to back up his facts, when the exact opposite is true. It is Inhofe who has relied on fiction authors to justify his own fringe opinions.

During his F&F segment Inhofe declined to give the names of the scientists to the FOX viewers because, as he said, there wasn't time to do so. However, in the past, the Senator has relied heavily on the opinions of science fiction novelist Michael Crichton (Andromeda Strain, State of Fear, etc.).

On September 28, 2005 Inhofe invited Crichton to address the Environment and Public Works committee on the topic of global warming. (For more on this, go to RealClimate.)

At one point in the FOX & Friends interview Inhofe conflated religion and science, saying "Now look. God's still up there. We still have these natural changes and this is what's going on right now."

Inhofe's 2005 tax forms show that Capital Advisors, Inc., acting on behalf of the james M. Inhofe Revocable Trust, purchased shares in ConocoPhillips, General Electric and Vintage Petroleum, Inc., all companies involved with the production of hydrocarbons. According to Open Secrets, the top two sectors that contributed to Inhofe are oil & gas companies and electric utilities. On his tax forms Inhofe also claims that since 2000 he has served as a "member" of something called The Padre Company, LLC, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Google search turned up only one result.

As of July 11, 2004 the Padre Company LLC owned a beautiful Cessna T303 Crusader, shown in this picture taken by Jarrod Wilkening at the Richard Lloyd Jones, Jr. airport in Tulsa. On Airliners.net the following remark was entered by the photographer: "N303ND (on T303-00099) One of the best-kept Crusaders I have ever seen!"

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Whoever owns The Padre Company knows how to get from point A to point B in style!

Thankfully, James M. Inhofe will no longer chair the Committee on Environment and Public Works when the Congress reconvenes in January.

You know, there might just be a Supreme Being after all!