Last updated on: 9/5/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

James M. Inhofe Biography

Title:
United States Senator (R-OK)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Secure energy supply must be grounded in three key principles – stable, diverse, and affordable. I hope that the President will convince me that his proposal meets that test. In the meantime, I encourage him to broaden the proposal to include all forms of domestic energy production including oil, gas, nuclear, coal, as well as renewable forms. I also encourage my Democratic colleagues to move beyond their rhetoric and embrace the energy that has made this country great – unfortunately, I am not too optimistic that will happen, as long as the anti-growth forces hold such sway in the Democrat Party.”

“America Needs a Stable, Diverse and Affordable Energy Supply,” www.inhofe.senate.gov, Jan. 26, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, US Senate (R-OK), 1994-present
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Ranking Member, US Senate Committee on Armed Services
  • US Representative (R-OK), Jan. 3, 1987-Nov. 15, 1994
  • Mayor, Tulsa (OK), 1978-1984
  • Member, Oklahoma State Senate, 1969-1977
  • Member, Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1967-1969
  • Most Outstanding Conservative US Senator Award, American Conservative Union
  • Lifetime Service Award, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
  • Freinds of the Taxpayer Award, National Taxpayers Association
  • Friends of the Farm Bureau Award, American Farm Bureau
  • Keeper of the Flame Award, Center for Security Policy
Education:
  • BA, Economics, University of Tulsa, 1973
Other:
  • Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 17, 1934
  • Introduced the “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), signed into law Nov. 27, 2006
  • Compared the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal Liberation Front (ALF) to Al-Qaeda in a statement to the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, May 18, 2005
  • Stated that “catastrophic global warming is a hoax” in a July 28, 2003 press release
Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Cost-Effective?
  2. Are Humans Substantially Responsible for Global Climate Change Today?
  3. Will Increased Oil Drilling Help the US Solve Its Energy Crisis?