With GOP senate majority, expect more love for fossil fuels and global warming denial

  • Published on April 3rd, 2014

The GOP is salivating at the prospect of regaining a majority in the senate this November. And they’ve already started talking about what they’ll do.

Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), Environment and Public Works 

This is probably the worst possible news for the environment: Climate hoaxer and fossil fuel lover James Inhofe would be IN CHARGE of the environment, or at least the committee that runs environmental law.

He told The Hill magazine that his “No. 1” goal is to “end the war on fossil fuels.”

“When Republicans are in the majority, not if,” Inhofe said, he will also “immediately attack the overregulation of the EPA.”

And forget about anything to help with climate change. Inhofe is one of the conspiracy theorists who claim global warming is a hoax perpetrated by evil socialist scientists to take away our god-given lightbulbs. Drill, baby, drill!

Sen. Lisa Murkowski 
(Alaska), Energy and Natural 

And speaking of drilling, look who’ll be in charge of energy? Murkowski has been a touch more moderate than her fire-breathing colleagues, but that’s not going to help much. She laid out her proposals in February, and calls for a logic-defying combination of:

  • Energy independence from OPEC by 2020
  • More exports (how?)
  • Partnering with Canada and Mexico for more oil imports from those countries

Not much on alternative energy or conservation.

Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), Banking

The ONLY thing good to come out of the 2008 megarecession was the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is designed to be a free and independent advocate for the little guy vs the big banks. Shelby, of course, calls that “Dangerous unaccountability” and wants to gut its independence, putting it squarely back where it belongs: beholden to the politicians who are in turn beholden to the big banks.

Smooth move.

Sen. Ron 
Johnson (Wis.), Homeland 

Johnson is a bought-and-paid-for – literally – subsidiary of the Koch brothers. If the idea of this guy being in charge of homeland security doesn’t make you nervous, you haven’t been paying attention.

Sen. John 
McCain (Ariz.), Armed Services


If any of you, dear readers, are thinking of not voting because you’re frustrated that Obama hasn’t done enough for the environment, consider: James Inhofe in charge of climate change.


About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.