Had to do a Yahoo search to figure out what Sen. Jim Inhofe may have been talking about when he uttered these words on the Senate floor Tuesday night.
Speaking about former Vice President Al Gore’s movie about climate change, “An Inconvenient Truth,” Inhofe said, “If you look at the movie _ I confess, I have not seen it _ the last frame of the movie says … ‘Are you ready to change the way you live?’
“The whole idea of the movie was to get people to start not using toilet paper and all this stuff the elitists in Hollywood want everybody else to do except for them.”
I confess I haven’t seen the movie either but I’ve seen parts of it and have read and heard about it. I didn’t know it made any recommendations about toilet paper usage.
Turns out, Inhofe’s comment was a reference to something written, apparently in jest, by singer Sheryl Crow, suggesting there be a limit on the number of squares that could be used “in one sitting.”
Ryan Thompson, Inhofe’s spokesman, said today that Inhofe knew Crow wasn’t serious but that the senator was trying to make a larger point about how “the Hollywood elite are constantly putting out recommendations about how people should live.”
In his remarks last night, Inhofe, R-Tulsa, went on to repeat the criticism that Gore’s Tennessee home sucks up a lot of power at the same time he’s asking others to conserve energy.
“I say these not in a light vein, because this isn’t light,” Inhofe said. “This is serious stuff.”