Posted by: Barry Bickmore | September 26, 2011

Bob Inglis: How GOP Should Engage Climate Science

Bob Inglis, former Republican congressman from North Carolina, has a great column in USA Today.



  1. Dear Prof. Chomsky,

    I remember enjoying a summer afternoon with family and friends, sitting under a large pine tree for shade. This particular tree could be beyond the century mark, judging from its size and character. The conversation occasionally would switch for family events to the incredibly hot month we are having, as expected when the temperature is constantly above one hundred degrees. “July was the hottest month in Texas’ recorded history” said a family friend. “And nobody believes in climate change” I replied, trying to read the popular opinion of the backyard.

    The poll results were a bit disturbing, it seems a majority of the populous shading themselves from the afternoon sun, believe that man-made climate change is a hoax. One doubter argued, “The average temperature of the globe is higher than it is today.”


  2. “Conservatives can restore our objectivity by acknowledging that Americans are already paying all the hidden costs of energy” is a bit odd. The rest makes sense, though.

    • That part makes sense too. We pay the price in terms of higher health costs and climate change impacts. They’re just paid indirectly. Probably could have been phrased more clearly.

      • Ah, I see what you mean. Health costs, yes. Climate impacts: no, not plausible, unless you don’t really believe in climate change.

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