The Dustbowl Duo: Denier Inhofe Backs Denier Perry as Romney Is ‘a Little Mushy on Environmental Issues’

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"The Dustbowl Duo: Denier Inhofe Backs Denier Perry as Romney Is ‘a Little Mushy on Environmental Issues’"

I called Rick Perry a year ago and told him, ‘If you’re running for president, I’ll be the first to endorse you,’ ” Inhofe said at a State Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Tulsa Press Club.  “I’m going to be that person on Monday.”

What a duo!  Their states are almost entirely under extreme or exceptional drought — drier than the Dust Bowl (and hotter).  Their states’ preferred adaptation strategy is prayer.

And, of course, they are hard-core climate deniers who take big bucks from Big Oil and smear climate scientists — and if their do-nothing policies continue to triumph in this country, they will turn their states, and the entire SouthWest, into permanent Dust Bowls.   I smell bromance in the air.

Here’s why Inhofe wouldn’t support Romney (or Gingrich):

Inhofe said he “likes Mitt Romney, but he’s a little mushy on environmental issues” and “Newt Gingrich, I always have this vision of him sitting on the couch holding hands with Nancy Pelosi,” but that he has no reservations about Perry.

Inhofe said he also thinks Perry has the best chance of any Republican to defeat Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.

I don’t think that is true.  Sure, Obama could easily lose with a bad economy and even worse messaging.  But Perry is Bush Lite:  Everything people disliked about Bush, but without the faux compassion.  Still, as TPM’s Josh Marshall reports:

… two new polls show Perry opening up a big lead over the Mittster nationwide. That dramatically changes the contours of the race and — most significantly — ends Romney’s inevitability, de facto nominee strategy.

It’s quite true that we don’t nominate presidents in nationwide primaries. The problem for Romney is that the actual states that are going to be deciding are considerably more conservative than the GOP electorate nationwide.

Game on.

UPDATE:  Romney is already back-pedaling on the science, as Reuters reports today:

“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.

“What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to.”

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20 Responses to The Dustbowl Duo: Denier Inhofe Backs Denier Perry as Romney Is ‘a Little Mushy on Environmental Issues’

  1. Mossy says:

    Flip flopping Romney. Can’t say that he hasn’t done this before while Governor of MA.

  2. muoncounter says:

    Inhofe’s endorsement will carry a lot of weight with 911 first responders and fightfighters around the country. He was with his buddy Coburn on stonewalling the Zadroga bill. Nice fella.

  3. Colorado Bob says:

    Since Dec., Rick Perry has declared a disaster every month in Texas. Since the year 2000. Oklahoma leads the country om such pleas for help.

    • lewis cleverdon says:

      Surely that makes Perry & Inhofe the most demanding state welfare queens in the US ? Them being such good buddies an’ all ?

      Regards,

      Lewis

      • Mike#22 says:

        Red States in general are net federal dollar users (taxes out versus fed money in) while most blue states are the opposite.

  4. Paul Magnus says:

    Most Texas Cities Just Begin to Feel Pinch of Mammoth Drought, While Rural Damage Is Severe
    http://www.nytimes.com
    AUSTIN, Texas — The central monitoring station of the Lower Colorado River Authority looks a bit like NASA’s Mission Control…

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=155184244567975&id=139434822741700

  5. Paul Magnus says:

    The probability that Texas may be hit by a big hurricane this year at the end of the season is high due to the gulf sst. Maybe someone is trying to tell them something….

  6. Peter Mizla says:

    Perry has jumped ahead of Romney in the Republican nomination-

    Says something about the republican base- they are just plain wacko.

    The environment will become the most important issue, culturally, socially & economically for this country from 2011 and beyond….

    meanwhile Inhofe and Perry?

    Most climate models see the lower great plains which includes all of OK and most of Texas reverting to a dust bowl as early as 2021. Will these two clowns be even heard from then?

  7. John McCormick says:

    Inhofe, that dangerous idiot, will be remembered for the role he played in defeating our children’s future. He’ll be up there with Madoff and Idi Amin. Inhofe knows mushy…its all between his ears.

    John McCormick

  8. Richard Brenne says:

    The “prayer” of Perry and Inhofe are actually the antithesis of genuine prayer and are merely appeals to maintain and grow their political power, egos and in Perry’s case, hair.

  9. John McCormick says:

    Senator Inhofe, the ‘dangerous dummy’ should get a call from the CIA and DoD and ask him to consider the harm he is causing throughout the world. Bangladesh, Burma, East coast of India, Karachi to name just a few nations and cities are home to some of the poorest inhabitants on the planet and they are in the cross hairs of climate change and sea level rise; not to mention extreme heat waves, possible interruption of the Asian Monsoon affected by Arctic sea ice melt back.

    If we cannot silence, educate or defeat the dangerous dummy with a full blown national campaign to discredit that idiot then why are we trying to do anything about climate change either at Cancun, Durbin or the US Congress.

    Where are the tens of millions of dollars the big green have being spent. Reports, videos, more reports, more videos, travel and accommodations at now, 16 non-productive COPs. How about a few million to target Inhofe as the most dangerous man on the planet.

    Lets get our hands dirty for once and stop whining about those cruel rethugs and their denial machine.

    Go after the dummy and make him a laughing stock throughout the world. Get government leaders from those climate change target nations to wage a campaign against him in their countries as well.

    We as earth’s community of people stand together or expire together.

    Big greens, get in the ring and fight him and forget your fund raising strategies for a moment. Hell, maybe we can buy him off. He must have a price?

    John McCormick

  10. John McCormick says:

    Senator Inhofe, the ‘dangerous dummy’ should get a call from the CIA and DoD and tell him to consider the harm he is causing throughout the world. Bangladesh, Burma, East coast of India, Karachi to name just a few nations and cities are home to some of the poorest inhabitants on the planet and they are in the cross hairs of climate change and sea level rise; not to mention extreme heat waves, possible interruption of the Asian Monsoon affected by Arctic sea ice melt back.

    If we cannot silence, educate or defeat the dangerous dummy with a full blown national campaign to discredit that idiot then why are we trying to do anything about climate change either at Cancun, Durbin or the US Congress.

    Where are the tens of millions of dollars the big green have being spent. Reports, videos, more reports, more vidoes, travel and accommodations at now, 16 non-productive COPs. How about a few million to target Inhofe as the most dangerous man on the planet. Lets get our hands dirty for once and stop whining about those cruel repugs and their denial machine. Go after the dummy and make him a laughing stock throughout the world.

    Get government leaders from those climate change target nations to wage a campaign against him in their countries as well.

    We as earth’s community of people stand together or expire together.

    Big greens, get in the ring and fight him and forget your fund raising strategies for a moment. Hell, maybe we can buy him off. He must have a price?

    John McCormick

  11. Ray Kondrasuk says:

    Joe, I want a whole bunch of those Perry 2012 bumper stickers…. how do I get them?

  12. Lionel A says:

    Once again I am aghast at the disconnect between BBC reportage and reality and this is not the first time I have had to use a head vice whilst reading Mardell’s take on things USA:

    Rick Perry’s economy: Texas miracle or Texas curse?

    Straight in he opens with this sub-head:

    ‘Down below me, the Texas miracle is made manifest.’

    then this:

    Thirty-five major corporations are headquartered here. Mr Fisher says that whether you call it a miracle or not, something remarkable has happened in Texas.

    “We went in to the recession last and came out first,” he says.

    “Depending how you calculate it, since the recovery began, 49.9% all the jobs created in America have been created in Texas [A different measure makes it 29.2%]. And we only have 10% of the people.”

    You can read his detailed dissection of the figures and a trenchant take on America’s future in a recent speech that manages to include a reference to Bertie Wooster’s aunts as well as Lady Thatcher.

    It is well worth a read, and explains why some see the Texas model as important not just for the US but for the world.

    Mardell should be brought up to speed on how Texas and Oklahoma have been parasites on the federal budget when it comes to disaster bail-outs. That is if I am reading Climate Progress a’right.

    • Lionel A says:

      It is well worth a read, and explains why some see the Texas model as important not just for the US but for the world.

      Mardell is right about the Texas model being important to the world, but not in the way he thinks.

  13. Bobing says:

    I am observing the USA from outside and find it interesting that the only moderate Republican Presidential candidate can not get any traction in his campaign. I read that as sign that moderate Americans have totally deserted the Republican party and the only support left is with extremeists, Tea Party and Rednecks. Not enough to win an election.