Science Energy Sen. James Inhofe: Gas and Oil Don't Pollute By Shea Gunther Writer University of New Hampshire Rochester Institute of Technology University of Southern Maine Shea Gunther is a writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster living in Portland, Maine. He covers topics such as renewable energy, climate change, and nature. our editorial process Shea Gunther Updated February 11, 2020 Jim Inhofe: Big 'fan' of the environment. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Energy Fossil Fuels Renewable Energy You gotta give James Inhofe credit- he makes his hatred for the environment clear to anyone listening. Grist recently gave him props for at least being openly hostile to environmentally sound policy. In this video he takes his crazy extremist views to a whole new level by almost flippantly mentioning that gas and oil don't pollute. Climate Progress has the transcript of the juice bit (via Treehugger) of Mr. Inhofe's speech: People complain that we are buying — importing from the Middle East — oil and gas. And then they find out that we have it all right here. We don’t have to do that. If their argument there is “Well, we don’t want to use oil and gas because we think it pollutes” — which it doesn’t — but if that’s their argument, then why are we willing to import it from Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East?Oh. My. Science. You can't argue with that, how to you try to convince someone that the sky is blue while they are standing in the middle of a field on a cloudless summer day? James Inhofe will believe whatever he wants to believe (and whatever his corporate backers wish him to think), reality be damned. But, at least it's on all on the table with him.