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Interview With (ex) Republican Congressman Fighting Climate Change

NPR's Guy Raz re-interviews South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis, one of only two Republicans not re-elected. Interviewed last year after losing his primary due to the Tea Party, NPR wanted an update on his activities and views on climate change.
December 28, 2011, 5am PST | Irvin Dawid
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It could be said that the only Republican Congress members who believe in climate change are in danger of becoming ex-Congress members, as this NPR interview illustrates. Inglis, targeted in part because of his climate change views, was defeated by Tea Party-supported Trey Gowdy in the 2010 primary. Inglis has not gone quietly.

"RAZ: So, you are actually going around the country talking to conservatives about climate change, trying to persuade them that this is a conservative cause as well?

INGLIS: Right. And really trying to prepare the country for a conservative solution on energy and climate. You know, if we just do two things, attach all costs to all fuels and eliminate all subsidies for all fuels, then free enterprise can solve the energy and climate challenge."

Inglis indicates he regrets no longer being a member of Congress, but tells Raz that he is "grateful for the opportunity to be doing what I'm doing now, which means that I'm able to give full time to this effort of trying to make progress on our energy and climate challenge by addressing a true free enterprise."

From Huffington Post: GOP Rep. Bob Inglis Slams His Party On Climate Change (VIDEO): Inglis "expressed his frustrations with the GOP's trajectory toward climate change denial ... in a harsh rebuke that blasted his party's hard-headed refusal to listen to scientific experts."

"Inglis's reflection on the GOP's tendency to reject the findings of climate scientists isn't just about the party's image, it's also indicative a trend that's likely to find its way into the highest levels of legislative leadership, as the top chairman picks for House committees on Energy and Commerce, as well as Science, all have expressed doubts about the validity of climate change."

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Published on Saturday, December 24, 2011 in NPR: All Things Considered
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