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Former US Senator Jim Inhofe, known for his strong stance on defense and disbelief in human-caused climate change, passes away at 89 | WTAJ

Former Senator Jim Inhofe, Climate Change Denier and Defense Spending Advocate, Dies at 89

Former Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, known for his strong stance on defense spending and climate change denial, has passed away at the age of 89. Inhofe, a Republican who served in the Senate for over six decades, died after suffering a stroke on the July Fourth holiday.

Throughout his career, Inhofe staunchly opposed the idea that human activity contributes significantly to climate change, famously calling it “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” Despite this controversial stance, Inhofe was a powerful figure in Oklahoma politics and a vocal supporter of military installations in the state.

In addition to his views on climate change, Inhofe was also known for his support of earmarks and his close relationship with former President Donald Trump. Trump praised Inhofe for his dedication to the “MAGA agenda” and his work on growing and modernizing the U.S. military.

Inhofe’s passing has been met with tributes from his political colleagues, with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell praising his infrastructure projects and his advocacy for American energy dominance. Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford referred to Inhofe as a “true patriot” and an “institution” who will be deeply missed.

Inhofe’s legacy also includes his work on cleaning up environmental hazards in Oklahoma, such as the Tar Creek region, which had been on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list for decades. He was also a strong advocate for veterans and the “American Dream,” according to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1934, Inhofe grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and had a long and varied career in politics and business before his time in the Senate. He served in the Army, was a businessman, and held various legislative and mayoral positions before being elected to the U.S. House in the 1980s and later the Senate in 1994.

Inhofe’s passing marks the end of an era in Oklahoma politics, with his tough campaigning style and unwavering beliefs leaving a lasting impact on the state and the nation. He is survived by his wife, Kay, three children, and several grandchildren.

Overall, Jim Inhofe leaves behind a complex and controversial legacy, with supporters and critics alike recognizing his passion and dedication to his beliefs.

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