Republican Reps: Terror in the Climate Closet

May 23, 2013

This American Life, one of the most listenable and ingenious hourly shows that public radio has ever offered,  has done a piece on climate change, that a lot of people have told me about. Finally got the chance to listen, and its well worth it. I recommend putting it on when you have some quiet work to do.

If you can’t listen to the whole hour right now, I’ve excerpted 4 minutes here from the long segment that profiles Bob Inglis. Inglis is a conservative Republican who actually believes in science.  As far as his former constituents in South Carolina care, (at least, the tea party nut bags who dominate the primary process) he might as well as come out of the closet as a Gay Muslim Rastafarian.  Small piece of his interview here – but even more revealing, a chat with a Republican congressional staffer, who chose to be anonymous. He discusses the abject terror that a small number of closeted science-literate GOP reps are living with, should anyone ever find out that they, too, accept the overwhelming mainstream scientific view.

It’s  not a profile in courage.

Below, when he was still in congress, Inglis made a sharp point to his colleagues. Guys, this is all on video. Your children are going to know  what you did, and what you said, when it counted.

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26 Responses to “Republican Reps: Terror in the Climate Closet”

  1. dillweed7 Says:

    This video is private?

    • greenman3610 Says:

      sorry. “public’ is the normal default setting, must have bumped the mouse or something. Let me know if this does not work.

  2. Shane Burgel Says:

    Excerpt isn’t working.

  3. petermogensen Says:

    The sad thing is that Inglis’s analog isn’t even precise.
    The 2 doctors (or 3% scientists) don’t even have a consistent alternative explanation. They just try to reject random details in the 98 doctors arguments and seldom do they agree whats then the truth – only that the majority is wrong.


  4. It’s gonna take a disaster, a calamity, an utter failure. These “conservatives” have to be Portmanized. They will have to have the climate hit them off the side of the head, repeatedly.

    Neil


  5. […] This American Life, one of the most listenable and ingenious hourly shows that public radio has ever offered, has done a piece on climate change, that a lot of people have told me about. Finally got the chance to listen, and its well worth it. I recommend putting it on when you have some quiet work to do.  […]

  6. junkdrawer88 Says:

    Talked yesterday with a Republican friend about the Chinese dirty coal/aerosols issue.

    As I said: The aerosols last 5 days, the carbon a thousand years or more, he quipped: Subscription model vs Mortgage model. Gallows humor.

    In the past, he would patiently listen to me, then roll his eyes, then repeat a Fox News point.

    Now, he’s a mid to top administrator at one of the nation’s largest hospitals. Not your typical Ditto Head. But Republicans ARE being squeezed from the young and the educated in their party.

    The times they are a changing.
    .


  7. Listened to the whole thing. Very interesting, and depressing at the same time, and it leaves me feeling sort of hopeless about the whole thing. Nobody cares. Nobody will care until it’s too late, and even beyond that, they won’t care until the birds are already on the roost. The soil baking all the crops off, uncontrollable wildfires, cities under water, disease rampant in vulnerable areas, kids in poor countries dying in droves, extinction rates increased dramatically.

    The oil company executives themselves are frank and honest about it, and yet the Republican base can’t even seem to hear them. Their ears turn off at that point because the message doesn’t fit.

    I wonder what those CEO’s think they’re doing when they fund anti-renewable efforts, anti-climate science think-tanks, at the same time they are acknowledging their product causes climate change, and that we’re on course for a 5 degree increase. They didn’t get to the top by being stupid, so how are they meshing their actions with their acknowledgement of the science?

  8. rayduray Says:

    Terracide: N. the effort to kill off an entire planet

    See: http://tinyurl.com/oeo5gve

    • ahaveland Says:

      Terra = Earth
      so terracide means to kill this planet, which is of course impossible unless a passing star perturbs our orbit enough to send it into a star. A collision with another planet would just make one or more planets.

      Planetacide or planeticide to kill a planet

      Ecocide, biocide, or biosphericide is more appropriate for what’s happening now.


  9. The recent study by Cook, et.al., confirming the 97-98% consensus seen in other studies, is important because of the nonsense that still spills from Republicans in Congress.

    Consider Utah Rep. Chris Stewart, the newly appointed Chairman on the House Sub-Committee on the Environment given oversight over scientific issues regarding environmental policy: “…the claim that 98 percent of scientists agree that humans are the singular driver of climate change has been repeatedly discounted. This oft-cited statistic is based on an online survey with a sample size of only 77 people, and the survey didn’t even ask to what degree humans contribute to climate change.”

    http://m.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile3/56130738-219/climate-global-stewart-regarding.html.csp#comment-863327028


  10. […] 2013/05/23: PSinclair: Republican Reps: Terror in the Climate Closet [This American Life] […]


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