WASHINGTON – Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who was attacked as an “oil whore” by actor Alec Baldwin and “big oil’s top call girl” by environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is getting some verbal cover-fire from another prominent climate-change skeptic.
Author and talk-show host Brian Sussman, a meteorologist, went on the Tweet counter-offensive today – directing a pithy challenge to debate Baldwin and/or Kennedy about global warming claims.
“If Jim Inhofe is an ‘oil whore’ then Alec Baldwin is an eco-slut,” Sussman said in his first salvo on Twitter.
He followed that one minute later with this: “If Jim Inhofe is an ‘oil whore’ then Alec Baldwin is an enviro-hooker.”
Less than 60 seconds later, he Tweeted: “If Jim Inhofe is an ‘oil whore’ then Alec Baldwin is a green strumpet.”
“Alec Baldwin is an actor who could only debate his eco-views with aid of a script,” he added. “Alec Baldwin is a hypocrite. How large is his personal carbon footprint? Alec Baldwin pollutes society with his leftist rhetoric.”
Then Sussman, the author of “Climategate” and an upcoming release called “Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda Will Dismantle America,” threw down the gauntlet and challenged Baldwin to a public debate.
“Let’s debate the green issues Alec Baldwin,” Sussman Tweeted. “I’ll even let you bring your hypocrite friend Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to the debate.”
At that point, Baldwin weighed in: “I think Bobby Kennedy would tie you up in a ball, dribble you on the ground and shoot you into an oil well.”
Sussman came back with this: “Speaking of 82-Tweet Robert F. Kennedy Jr., it’s amazing how the rich Kennedy clan craves socialism. If Senator Inhofe is an ‘oil whore,’ logic would suggest you, sir, are an eco-slut or perhaps you would best be described as an ‘enviro-hooker’ or a ‘green strumpet?’”
At that point, Sussman noted that Baldwin deleted him as a follower. He continued his Twitter fusillade: “Not before I would shred Robert F. Kennedy’s rhetoric like a raptor flying through the blades of a wind turbine.”
The verbal war of words began March 6 when Kennedy used his Twitter account to go after Inhofe, whose new book, “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” has been a special target of environmentalists.
Inhofe has waged a one-man war against climate-change hysteria in the U.S. Senate for years.
“Speaking of prostitutes, big oil’s top call girl Sen Inhofe wants to kill fuel economy backed by automakers, small biz, enviros, & consumers,” Tweeted Kennedy. Kennedy was angered by an Inhofe letter he sent to Environmental Protection Administrator Lisa Jackson that questioned the administration’s fuel economy and air pollution standards and policies.
Inhofe refused to get down into the Twitter gutter. His spokesman, Matt Dempsey, said: “It’s hard to believe that Robert Kennedy Jr. would choose to use such language – especially this week,” Dempsey said. “I bet he now regrets it.”
He later defended his slur to the Politico: “Well, I think it’s an opportunity for Americans to compare the relative moral positions of the two acts in question and which is more harmful to our country,” he said. “In Sen. Inhofe’s case, here’s a U.S. senator whose job is to serve the American public who has made a clear and unambiguous choice to serve the moneyed interests of oil companies.”