Outgoing ranking Republican blasts his Party's rejection of Climate Science
by Lefty Coaster
Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 06:38:44 PM PST
Ever since a Tea Party candidate defeated six term South Carolina Republican Bob Inglis in a runoff election in June, Ingles hasn't been reluctant to slam the direction his Republican Party is heading. Yesterday in Washington Inglis ripped the Republicans rejection of Climate Science.
Outgoing Rep. Inglis Blasts GOP Skepticism on Global Warming
Outgoing Republican Rep. Bob Inglis (S.C.) broke with his party today and publicly vented his frustration about the apparent turn toward climate skepticism in the next Congress, when Republicans will take control of the House.
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."
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Inglis, ranking member of the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee, also took aim at "people who make a lot of money on talk radio and talk TV saying a lot of things. They slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night, and they're experts on climate change. They substitute their judgment for people who have Ph.D.s and work tirelessly" on climate change.
In August David Corn interviewed Inglis about what's happening to his Republican Party in Mother Jones.
Confessions of a Tea Party Casualty
Asked why conservatives and Republicans have demonized the issue of climate change and clean energy, Inglis replies, "I wish I knew; then maybe I wouldn't have lost my election." He points out that some conservatives believe that any issue affecting the Earth is "the province of God and will not be affected by human activity. If you talk about the challenge of sustainability of the Earth's systems, it's an affront to that theological view."
Inglis says that it's hard for Republicans in Congress to "summon the courage" to say no to Beck, Limbaugh, and the tea party wing. "When we start just delivering rhetoric and more misinformation...we're failing the conservative movement," he says. "We're failing the country." Yet, he notes, Boehner and House minority whip Eric Cantor have one primary strategic calculation: Play to the tea party crowd. "It's a dangerous strategy," he contends, "to build conservatism on information and policies that are not credible."
Also yesterday in the same House Science Committee hearing Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas who is in line to become the next chairman of the Committee couldn't wait fling out some ignorant accusations to kick off the Republican Party's Inquisition of Climate Science, with a plan to pillory prominent climate scientists.