U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe loves getting a rise out of environmental groups and the attention that goes with it — like Rolling Stone magazine’s new article naming him one of the planet’s worst enemies. The Tulsa Republican has gotten under a lot of people’s skin contesting the “settled science” of global warming and environmental regulatory efforts that carry a big economic price tag, all from his perch on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. Interestingly, while Inhofe and chairman Barbara Boxer of California are polar opposites on just about every environmental concern, they’re actually warm friends otherwise. Go figure.
As for Rolling Stone, Inhofe’s main beef with the article is he thinks he was ranked too low. “My first response was I should have been No. 1, not No. 7,” he told The Tulsa World. “I am serious about that. I have spent now literally years on this thing, and it has been a long, involved thing.” And he shows no sign of easing his foot off the gas pedal. Sorry.