Sunday: Inhofe forms ‘unholy alliance’ with environmentalists
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s efforts on ethanol have provided unlikely allies for the Oklahoma Republican perhaps best known to such groups for calling man-made global warming a hoax.
“Unholy alliance’’ is how Inhofe described the development in an interview.
In the past, some of the environmental groups now coming down on the side against ethanol have not been shy when it came to taking on Inhofe, especially on the global warming issue.
He even suggested that some may be too embarrassed to “come out of the closet” and announce their support of his efforts publicly.
Kate McMahon, biofuels campaign coordinator for Friends of the Earth, was not reticent about discussing the matter publicly and even complimented Inhofe for having a good staff to work on such issues.
“Simply put, in this city, there are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies,” McMahon said.
“Over here at Friends of the Earth, we’re not embarrassed. We revel in the fact that we can overcome our differences with unconventional allies in order to get things done.’’
She said ethanol is not a partisan issue but definitely is a regional one.
Read the complete story in Sunday’s World.