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No Typo: Inhofe Praises Obama’s Energy Plan

It is very, very rare to see Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) agree with President Obama on anything, let alone energy policy. The conservative ranking Republican on

Anita Barnes
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 31, 2010

It is very, very rare to see Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) agree with President Obama on anything, let alone energy policy. The conservative ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has generally been the president’s most vocal critic when it comes to the environment. And yet today, as other Republicans bash Obama’s plan to expand offshore drilling for oil, here’s Inhofe offering up some tepid praise, in a press release just sent to reporters:

“I appreciate the President’s apparent willingness to consider offshore drilling as part of the Administration’s energy policy,” Senator Inhofe said. “Time will tell as to whether Obama is really ready to embrace offshore drilling or simply wanting to look like he is.

“As I have said, we can make great strides toward increasing North American energy independence by developing our own domestic resources. We can do this and support millions of American jobs, produce affordable energy for consumers, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

But of course he makes sure to get in a good jab:

“It also appears President Obama is caught in a contradiction: the President is, on the one hand, pushing forward with global warming policies to make fossil fuels more expensive, while on the other hand, he’s talking about drilling for more fossil fuels offshore. How does the President square these two policies?”

The short answer, as the president pointed out in his speech at Andrews Air Force Base this morning, is that American oil reserves are a drop in the bucket compared with our fuel needs. This move won’t bring down fuel prices at all in the short term, and it’ll barely make a dent in the long term.

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