Sen. Inhofe ‘proud’ to be target of climate flick ‘Greedy Lying Bastards’

Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeWasting America’s nuclear opportunity McCain absence adds to GOP agenda’s uncertainty GOP signals infrastructure bill must wait MORE (R-Okla.) sees criticism of him in a recent documentary about climate change as a badge of honor.

He’s among the targets in “Greedy Lying Bastards,” a recent film the claims to document fossil fuel industry-backed efforts to sow doubt about climate science and thwart emissions curbs.

“I was not surprised to see myself front and center on the promotional material for this climate-change movie, and quite frankly, I'm proud of it,” Inhofe told Tulsa World.

If the trailer is any indication, Inhofe appears repeatedly in the film. He's also among the faces on one of the promotional posters, along with Exxon’s CEO and former Vice President Cheney.

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Inhofe is perhaps the most outspoken GOP critic of the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and other human actions are heating the planet.

He has repeatedly called global warming a “hoax.”

Inhofe's not the only politician in the film.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who has authored legislation to cap emissions, appears in the trailer and says, “the fossil fuel industries have an enormous amount of clout.”

“The Koch Brothers, for example, gave millions and millions of dollars to Republican efforts not to do anything to fight climate change,” Waxman said.

But Inhofe, in a statement to Tulsa World, said, “science has been co-opted by those who care more about peddling gloom-and-doom fear tactics to drive their own broader political agenda.”

“Just by watching the trailer, that's exactly what this video seems to do, as well, leveraging the unknown to incite fear and raise money to make people like Al GoreAl GoreOPINION | Bolton: China is our last diplomatic hope for North Korea How the New South became a swing region Bill Maher compares Republican Party to trolls MORE even wealthier,” he said.

The paper ran a story about the movie and Inhofe’s comments ahead of a Friday evening screening in Tulsa and a Skype-based interview with director Craig Scott Rosebraugh.