Senator Inhofe retiring in 2020

Inhofe_snowballI was planning to write today about a superb piece by Coral Davenport of the New York Times which has run a few intelligent articles on climate and the environment lately:

Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics

However, for me the most interesting part was close to the end:

Mr. Inhofe, 82, will complete his current Senate term in 2020. While he declined to speak of his retirement plans, Mr. Inhofe said of Mr. Pruitt, “I think he’d make a great senator.”

I will say very firmly that there are few politicians I admire as I think we are poorly served by most. However there are a few notable exceptions and Inhofe is one. Yes there are always back room guys who do the actual work like Mark Morano and others, but as I like to put it: “you always need a fairy to put on top of the tree”. And Inhofe was the guy who became the key politician, at a time of immense and systematic hostility, who was willing to speak up for common sense on climate.
Any politician can get behind a cause which is widely respected and liked. But few have the guts to stand up for what they know to be right at a time when every other politician is going with the crowd the other way. But Inhofe stood up to be counted at a key time and in doing so he was widely vilified and the target of much public hate. That takes guts for a politician.
Once Inhofe was one of the key politicians constantly in the climate news. But since Trump, I’ve noticed that Inhofe’s name has been missing and I was even wondering what had happened to him …. now perhaps we know? Has he has metaphorically handed the snowball onto a younger generation?

Thanks for all you’ve done Inhofe.

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3 Comments

  1. I’m afraid I can’t share your admiration. He was bought and paid for by the oil and gas companies…. so pretty much a typical US politician. But youre right it is odd that he’s disappeared just as trump comes on scene.

    1. The wind industry in the UK was borugh and paid for by the oil companies like BP and shell.
      I take it therefore you have the same views about the wind industry.

      1. I’m not sure I understand your point. I was simply trying to point out that as a politician his views were backed financially by vested interest groups and were therefore tarnished. He was being paid to say the things he said.

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