President Obama’s eternal campaign machine is launching political attacks this week against one of his primary Republican foes, Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, for being “the worst climate-change denier in the country.”
In a newspaper ad and email blasts, Organizing for Action is targeting Mr. Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, saying his position on climate change is “pure madness.”
OFA officials even traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tuesday in an effort to present Mr. Inhofe with his “award.” A spokeswoman for the senator had no immediate comment.
But Mr. Inhofe is accustomed to being assailed by progressives over climate change. When the Center for Biological Diversity presented him with a similarly mocking award in 2012, Mr. Inhofe said he was “truly honored that yet another radical environmental group has given me an award for my efforts to put a stop to President Obama’s far-left global warming agenda.”
OFA crowned Mr. Inhofe its “champion” climate-change denier in a mock tournament in which it asked supporters to choose among various Republican lawmakers.
“Pretending climate change doesn’t exist is pure madness,” said Jack Shapiro, OFA’s national issues campaign manager, in an email. “The overwhelming majority of climate scientists have looked at the evidence and made their judgment. We deserve to have lawmakers who will act. The stakes are too high for us to sit back while members of Congress publicly deny the science of climate change.”
OFA is the spinoff of Mr. Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign operation. Its top donors have contributed huge sums to Democrats.