Friday, March 23, 2007

Your Friday evening douche

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you Senator James Inhofe, Le Douche Extraordinaire, bringing his great big bag of douchery to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:

INHOFE: All right. Now, I'd like to put up the little pledge thing here. I'm going to ask you if you would like to commit here, today. You know how many hundreds of thousands of fans you have out there that would like to follow your lead? And this pledge merely says -- as you can read it up there -- that you're agreeing to consume no more energy in your residence than the average American household by one year from today, not right now, but you've got a whole year to try to do this.

Now, the one thing I'd like to have you not use in response to this question, which is a yes or no question, is the various gimmicks. Now, I have something I want to submit for the record, Madame Chairman, that talks about the effects -- the offsets and the credits are gimmicks used by the wealthy so they don't have to change their lifestyles. This -- and I have an article that is last Sunday's United Kingdom Times, I'd like to add -- to submit for the record at this time.

BOXER: You may.

INHOFE: All right, what's your answer?

GORE: Well, first of all, Senator, thank you so much for your question. I --

INHOFE: Sure. I noticed Tipper didn't say thank you for the question.

GORE: Oh, I'm sure she would, but -- you know, one of the other recommendations that I would have is that we -- is that you also set standards for green energy produced by utilities. And, one reason I say that, in response to what you're saying here, is that that's what we purchase, and we pay more for it because it's still relatively --


GORE: -- uncommon. If I may --

INHOFE: Senator Gore --

GORE: If I could just finish my --

INHOFE: Well, you can't --

BOXER: If you could allow -- you've asked the Senator an important question. He's answering it. Give him a minute or so to answer it.


GORE: We purchase wind energy and other green energy that does not produce carbon dioxide, and that does cost a little more, now, and that is one of the reasons why it costs a little more. We're also in the process of renovating an old home, and I live -- we live not far from where [Sen.] Lamar [R-TN] and [his wife] Honey Alexander do and we --

INHOFE: All right, Senator Gore, you've had so much more time. I'm going to have to have my --

GORE: Can I make one other point because a lot of communities actually have laws preventing the installation of solar photovoltaic cells?

INHOFE: So, I assume the answer's no. Let's go to the next question.

GORE: And, if I could continue --

INHOFE: No, you can't.

GORE: I do believe that there should be a federal provision that overrides any local restrictions.


INHOFE: But, what I'm going to do in the last time, since my time has expired, I'm going to ask you, on your film -- the last frame on your film -- and it's kind of interesting because yesterday, I ran into a parent of a student at school in Maryland that said that her students were, in an elementary school, were watching your movie, under the instructions once every month.

The last frame in that movie was -- would you put that frame up? You're asking and you've asked people all over America, "Are you ready to change your way of life? Are you ready to change the way you live?" I would have to ask you that same question, because we started my term on "Would you take a pledge to do that?" I think the answer to that is no. But in terms of changing the way you live, I think it's very difficult for you to ask other people to do it, unless you are willing to do it. Are you willing to do it?

GORE: We live a carbon neutral life, Senator, and both of my businesses are carbon neutral. We buy green energy. We do not contribute to the problem that I'm joining with others to try to help solve. We pay more for clean energy, and I think that utilities ought to provide more green energy that doesn't produce CO2, and we are in the midst of installing solar panels.

Again, I think that we ought to have a law that says communities and localities ought not to be able to prevent that. I never made that public, by the way. The community where I live, it's a city within a city, I didn't want to -- because I asked them to change it and they said, "We will. It just takes time." So, these kinds of things are what people are going through all over this country: They're buying the new light bulbs; they're putting in more insulation. People are changing. People are changing.

The American people are ready to help solve this problem, but we have to have legislation that takes away the right to pollute without any accountability or without paying a price for it because when we have cap-and-trade, when we have laws that make it -- that allow us to use the market in our favor, then those of us who are part of the solution rather than part of the problem will be able to leverage what we're doing.

Thanks to Media Matters for the transcript.


Larry Jones said...

Inhofe is smart enough to be President!

I heard the exchange, and he (Inhofe) was truly a dimwitted, disrespectful boor with a stupid agenda, plus he apparently thought he was still chairman of the committee, trying to tell Barbara Boxer how to run the show. My favorite part was when she stopped the show and said (paraphrasing) "Let's freeze the clock, because I want to talk to you, James." She showed him the gavel and said "You're not doing this anymore. I'm doing this, because elections have consequences."

CiscoKid said...

How simplistic to try and put someone on the spot. I hope we was satisfied with the answer....
though I doubt it.

Chris said...

Yeah, that scolding by Boxer, with gavel in hand, was fucking priceless!

Do you think Inhofe ever sayw Gore's movie?

Grant Miller said...

I hate all Republicans And I always, always will.

dad said...

Have you ever met someone you liked upon first impression, then, after awhile, you learned they voted Republican?

Its almost always been a deal breaker for me.

I found Inhofe's web site, which provide further proof of his supidity and sent him an email being polite as I could be, and explained how he could benefit getting ahead of curve on the environmental issues instead of being at the end. My heart goes out to the people in Oklahoma for having a senator exuding such stupid pompousity , even if they voted for him. After all, I hate to see ignorance reinforced.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Larry: How can someone who's spent most of his life in the public eye have absolutely no idea what a huge asshole he looks like?

CiscoK: It was pathetic. Like something a third grader (or the president) would come up with.

Chris: I love Boxer. Now if only we could get rid of Feinstein.

Grant: I know, I know. And the ones who supported Bush once but don't now all whine about how they were fooled. I wasn't fucking fooled. Who was fooled by that pathetic turd of a man? Not me. Not anyone who used their brain instead of their wallet or their dick to vote.

Dad: When I meet pleasant Republicans, it's usually because they're standing at my door asking me if I'm familiar with the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.