Republican Rep. Inglis Blasts GOP Skepticism on Global Warming
At last, a voice of sanity in the GOP on the issue of climate change. Let’s hope he can have some influence - oh wait…
Bummer. At least he’s free to speak his mind:
Inglis, who has served six terms in the House, was soundly defeated by a more conservative opponent in a Republican primary this year and has blamed the loss in part on his belief in climate science, which hurt him with voters.
…though I can pretty much guarantee his words fell on willfully deaf ears. Hopefully his other warning is heeded by those about to get McCarthy’ed:
Inglis made his frustration clear this morning at a House Science subcommittee hearing on the science of climate change. “To my free enterprise colleagues, whether you think it’s all a bunch of hooey, what we talk about in this committee — the Chinese don’t, and they plan on eating our lunch in the next century, working on these problems,” Inglis said. “We may press the pause button for a few years, but China is pressing the fast-forward button.”
“I encourage the scientists that are listening out there to get ready for the hearings that are coming up in the next Congress,” he said. “Those will be difficult hearings for climate scientists. But I would encourage you to welcome those as fabulous opportunities to teach. Don’t come here defensively. Say, ‘I’m glad to have an opportunity to explain the science.’”