Oil leader says nation needs more like late Sen. Jim Inhofe


Not just politicians were affected by this week’s death of former Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe.

The longtime conservative was a strong defender of the oil and gas industry and his death prompted Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma President Brook A. Simmons to comment.

“Senator Inhofe fiercely defended the United States from awful policies cloaked in thoughtless, good intentions,” recalled Simmons.

“He was a staunch conservative who tirelessly worked to improve America’s energy security and national defense, and America’s detractors at home and abroad hated him for it. He wore their scorn as a badge of honor. When climate activists printed wanted posters featuring his image for COP 21 in Paris, he proudly autographed them and handed them back to protestors. America needs more like him.”

When the COP21 was held in Paris, attendees were anxious that Sen. Inhofe might try to make his own climate claims.

Politico reported in December of 2015.

“Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, the most vocal climate denier in the U.S. Congress, isn’t expected to attend this year, after jetting to a string of past United Nation climate summits to taunt delegates and preach his gospel that global warming is a hoax.”

“I think what Senator Inhofe did in the past worked tactically,” Brian Schatz, who was part of a delegation of 10 Democratic senators visiting Paris, told POLITICO. “But the idea that one U.S. senator could come here and hold a news conference and stop global momentum, I think is pretty far-fetched at this point.”

Inhofe was a strong critic of the environmental commitments made at the time by President Obama. In an opinion piece for CNN, the Senator warned COP21 international partners that Obama’s “commitments stand on hollow ground.”

“The President not only lacks support from his own country, but he has no way to follow through on any of his promises. In the President’s efforts to finalize domestic plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases, he has deliberately ignored concerns of environmentalists, states, job creators, U.S. courts and Congress.”

Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at the time, he issued a statement following COP21, saying the agreement made by Obama and the others wasn’t worth the paper it was signed on.

“This agreement is no more binding than any other ‘agreement’ from any Conference of the Parties over the last 21 years.  Senate leadership has already been outspoken in its positions that the United States is not legally bound to any agreement setting emissions targets or any financial commitment to it without approval by Congress.”