The science-denying Oklahoma Senator most recently gained attention in the clean energy debate with his plans to embarrass the U.S. at the Copenhagen climate conference in December. Now, he seems to have smart American businesses in his sights, telling conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg exactly what he thinks of the more than 150 businesses who this week called on Congress to pass clean energy and climate legislation:
"You can find a few corporate prostitutes out there that stand to make a whole lot of money on this thing," Inhofe told conservative radio host Steve Malzberg today. "What they're trying to do is to intimidate Congress into passing it."Attacking companies for deciding that clean energy is good for business is a strange position for Inhofe, himself a former real estate developer and insurance executive. In the U.S. Senate, Inhofe's record has been decidedly pro-Big Business, voting repeatedly against closing corporate tax loopholes.
Indeed, the only corporate buck James Inhofe seems to oppose is the buck companies make by admitting the obvious: global warming is a clear and present danger, and businesses that support clean energy legislation and sustainable energy policies will do much better than those that don't.