The Washington Post profiles the U.S Senator with the most power when it comes to environmental policy in the United States, climate change denier James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma). Inhofe famously claimed in 2003 that global warming might help humanity. “It’s also important to question whether global warming is even a problem for human existence. He has also stated that it is one of the biggest lies and myth of this generation. But we all knew this, but what is surprising is this, Inhofe, one of the most conservative senators is best friends with no other than socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont).
“On a personal level, I like him,” Sanders said in a statement provided by his spokesman. Even Boxer said she kind of views them as siblings who just happen to see the world completely differently. When Boxer got the committee chairmanship in 2007, Inhofe gave her a mug. It featured a picture of the Earth, with icicles that melted when hot coffee was poured in. When Inhofe holds his first hearing, he said, he will wear a polar bear tie that Boxer gave him.
“Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t think his views are dangerous,” she said. “I think he’s waaaay out of the mainstream, but we can still be friends. And on other issues, I imagine we are going to be able to get things done.”
Maybe there is hope for a bipartisan Congress after-all? If the only socialist in the U.S Senate and one of the most conservative Senators can get along then anything is possible. They are without a doubt one of Washington’s best odd couples.