Inhofe vs. Gore: Mud Wrestling on the Senate Floor
The topic of climate change and what to do about it continues to create controversy. Senator James Inhofe on Monday used a recent cover of The Weekly Standard featuring a naked Al Gore on display while speaking on the Senate floor. Inhofe is known for his denials of the global warming theory, and recently issued a 255-page report in support of anti-global warming views.
Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, has been attempting to debunk the theory of global warming since 2003, and The Weekly Standard is a notably conservative magazine. But Gore has come under increasing criticism over recent years claiming that his efforts to combat global warming are due to his investments in companies involved with biofuels, solar cells, solar panels and other green energy products. While some view this as a sell-out, others might see it as wise investing for the future.
Like the pot calling the kettle black, Inhofe has used earmarks to receive special favors for his own and his state’s agenda. And while Inhofe along with other Republican senators fights the proposed ban on earmarks as a measure that does not make sense, he does a 180 and denounces his fellow senators. So hypocrisy is perhaps the main issue, not just for Inhofe and Gore, but for all of our political and corporate leaders.
If the two men were in a boxing ring, Al Gore would be wearing green. It’s up to the American people to decide where the credibility lies and which contender will win the battle. But all of our leaders must realize that the everyday American citizen is increasingly turned off by greed and hypocrisy, and appreciative of dedication to a cause and transparency.