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Republican. Climate Change Believer. Really.

Republican. Climate Change Believer. Really.

Author: Reilly Capps/Monday, March 10, 2014/Categories: climate change, Archive Pick of the Week

By Reilly Capps 

To find a conservative politician who believes in climate change? It's easier to find Eskimos in bikinis, straight teeth in Britain. It's easier to find skinny whales. 

Republican Bob Inglis came into Congress in the 90s, believing that "climate change was Al Gore's imagination." Then Inglis took a trip to Antarctica and took a couple of remedial science lessons and was led to the inescapable conclusion that burning oceans of oil might impact something, climatewise. One of the things climate change changed was Inglis's employment status. 

Bob Inglis told simple truths about climate change during the South Carolina Republican primary in 2010. This got him booted. Primaries are largely truth free zones. But Inglis is showing that American lives do have second acts. He's the foremost conservative voice pushing for a carbon tax (revenue neutral! Revenue neutral! We'll tax carbon more and lower taxes on income! The government won't get any more money! Conservative principles will remain intact!). He may be the only prominent conservative pushing for this. Most of the rest are still claiming that climate change is in Al Gore's imagination, as if we were all living in "Inception," and Al Gore's imagination was making giant icebergs calve from glaciers. 

Inglis fights on. He is beloved by liberals as a possible savior. He is ignored by most conservatives. Here's his op-ed in the Miami Herald, out today. And, here, an oldie but a goodie, Inglis's epic speech to Congress before he got kicked out:





 
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