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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe warns of new regulations if president wins new term

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe says President Barack Obama's administration is delaying “job-killing” environmental rules until after the election, but an environmental advocate says the Republican senator is wrong about jobs and delays.
by Chris Casteel Modified: October 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm •  Published: October 19, 2012

Inhofe has said it is a “hoax” that greenhouse gases are contributing to global warming.

Obama, in remarks on Thursday unrelated to Inhofe's report, said at a campaign event in New Hampshire that investing in clean energy would create new jobs and industries and reduce “the carbon pollution that's heating our planet.”

“Climate change is not a hoax,” the president said. “Droughts and floods and fires, they're not a joke. They are a threat to our children's future and we've got to deal with it in a serious way that also grows our economy.”

Inhofe said the tighter smog standard proposed by the EPA would put several hundred counties out of compliance and stifle job creation. The senator's report cites a story by The New York Times suggesting the tighter standard was delayed because of a political shift toward the president's re-election.

Inhofe said the administration is also preparing regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing that could hinder oil and gas production on federal and private lands. And his report says the administration is planning to implement a new rule reducing the sulfur content in gasoline that will raise the price at the pumps.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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