Climate-Denial Buffoon Inhofe takes Big $$ from Big Oil, Says Scientists Corrupt

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The Center for Responsive Politics’ website Opensecrets.org details that Big Oil and fossil fuel companies play a major role in funding Inhofe’s political campaigns:

Senator James M. Inhofe has reported a total of 1,804 contributions ($200 or more) totaling $1,268,198 in 2013-2014. Search

Top 20 Contributors to Campaign Cmte

Rank Contributor Hires lobbyists? Lobbying firm?* Lobbyist(s) give
to member?
Total Indivs PACs
1 Devon Energy $24,150 $14,150 $10,000
2 Boeing Co $22,600 $11,600 $11,000
3 Murray Energy $20,500 $10,500 $10,000
4 General Dynamics $19,000 $9,000 $10,000
5 Robison International $15,300 $15,300 $0
6 Berkshire Hathaway $15,250 $5,250 $10,000
7 Koch Industries $15,200 $5,200 $10,000
8 Honeywell International $15,000 $5,000 $10,000
8 Union Pacific Corp $15,000 $0 $15,000
10 Bancfirst $12,950 $12,950 $0
11 Love’s Travel Stops $12,800 $12,800 $0
12 OGE Energy $12,250 $3,750 $8,500
13 BAE Systems $12,150 $2,150 $10,000
14 ConocoPhillips $11,500 $2,000 $9,500
15 Newfield Exploration Co $11,000 $0 $11,000
16 Alliance Resource Partners $10,500 $500 $10,000
17 Norfolk Southern $10,250 $250 $10,000
17 Phillips 66 $10,250 $250 $10,000
19 Chesapeake Energy $10,200 $200 $10,000
19 Johnston Enterprises $10,200 $10,200 $0
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*registrants, or active lobbying firm

This table lists the top donors to this candidate in 2009-2014.
The organizations themselves did not donate,
rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those
individuals’ immediate families.
Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

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NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for 2009-2014 and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on
Sunday, December 14, 2014. Click to see the reports included in calculating this information. (“Help!
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7 Responses

  1. alan zanetti

    What are envirnmental terrorists doing in places of power in OUR gov+how stupid are the people who put him there!

  2. I agree that Inhofe is motivated to cheer for big energy/big oil.
    He works hard at his job, and he does his homework. He even wrote a book to support his position.
    Moreover, he is clearly very bright. He is one helluva cheerleader for big oil/big energy.
    But nobody debates him! Or nobody that I know of.
    I wish that somebody would tackle Inhofe’s arguments, point by point. Inhofe’s critics simply dismiss him as a buffoon or a moron or such.
    Is there any critique of Inhofe’s arguments?

    • He is a crackpot, and debating crackpots point by point is the biggest waste of time most academics could imagine. Carl Sagan once took some time to do the calculations that refute Velikovsky, and complained bitterly about never getting those hours back.

      In fact, you could argue that the spaghetti logic of crackpots is a labyrinth intended to lose all rational people somewhere in there, so the minotaur of malevolent forces like Big Oil can get at them and suffocate them.

      • I agree that Inhofe is a crackpot. However, he appears to have the whole Republican party following his lead. Of course, the whole GOP is arguably a crackpot party.
        As crackpots go, they are powerful. The GOP rolled in the last election, and Inhofe is the Senate’s most powerful person on environmental issues (He is Chair of the Environment Committee!). Latest CNN poll says 57% of Americans do not consider global warming a threat.
        I can understand why academics would be loathe to spend energy debating a crackpot. (Cue up: You Can’t Argue With a Sick Mind, by Joe Walsh). However, I would still love to see somebody demolish all of his talking points, and for the main stream media to show it to the American people.

        • He’s not a crackpot, he’s a cynical liar. The list of contributors above paid him to say the things he says. He knows that if things go wrong, his grassroots army of bullies will blame the victims and double down on the oppression of un-American thought, as long as he keeps feeding it with self-serving fantasies.

          He is the perfect intermediary between the Wall Street plantation owners and the heartland’s neo-rednecks; each gives cover to the other; each gives the other the form of power it craves. The Southern model of class control has been modernized and gone nationwide.

  3. I am puzzled why the oil industry is so adamantly opposed to renewable energy. Crude oil will continue to be used for the production of plastics and pharmaceuticals. The reduction of the use of oil for other purposes means that it can remai n a source for the former much longer.

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