Monday, November 30, 2009

Wow: Inhofe Attacks Military Brass For Supporting Clean Energy

In between bouts of denying the overwhelming science behind global warming, you'd think that opponents of clean energy reform would have taken a moment to reconsider their series of ill-advised attacks on the veterans and retired brass who are supporting a clean energy and climate bill.

You would, however, be wrong. Instead, judging from strident attacks made by Sen. James Inhofe over the weekend, it looks like the folks who brought us $4 gas, dirtier air and less security intend to double down on the strategy of attacking America's men and women in uniform. Check out this exchange between Inhofe and the New York Times Magazine:

NYT: Senator Boxer is chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee,on which you are the ranking Republican. She and her fellow Democrats have lately suggested that global warming could be a threat to national security by destabilizing developing countries.

INHOFE: That’s the most ludicrous thing. They looked around and they found, I think, five generals to testify before the committee. Well, that’s 5 generals out of 4,000 retired generals that say that. There are a lot of generals who don’t like to be out of the limelight. They’d like to get back in.
Setting aside his hysterical attacks on the panelists, who are some of the nation's most respected national security experts, one can't help but wonder: is Inhofe so far out of the loop that he missed the series of major reports produced by the National Defense University, the National Intelligence Council and the Center for Naval Analysis citing global warming as a national security risk? Or did he actually see them, in which case his reference to only "5 generals out of 4,000 retired generals" is willfully deceptive?

Maybe Inhofe would prefer that the generals, admirals and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who support clean energy take a page from his book on humility and attention-sharing. Oh, wait...

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