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Can American conservatives come together and join the fight on the climate crisis?
Bob Inglis, the founder of republicEn, thinks so. RepublicEn is targeting the most hesitant individuals to accept the realities of the climate crisis in order to promote “free enterprise solutions,” according to Duke.
Inglis, a former congressman for a conservative district in South Carolina, wasn’t always a climate advocate.
“For my first six years in Congress, I believed climate change was a bunch of hooey,” Inglis said in a New Climate Voices video.
It wasn’t until his 18-year-old son in 2004 was preparing to vote for the first time when he urged Inglis to reconsider his stance on climate change.
“Dad, I’ll vote for you, but you’re going to clean up your act on the climate,” his son said.
Duke explains what appears to be Inglis’s line in the sand moment:
On a snorkeling trip to the Great Barrier Reef, Inglis met oceanographer Scott Heron. The two were kindred spirits, and in Heron’s conservation work, Inglis saw a love for God. For Inglis, “Conservation became loving God and loving people,” he says.
While conservatives avoid the issue of climate change because, according to Inglis, it means a bigger government and drastic changes, “it doesn’t have to be that way,” he said.
The conservative thing to do is to protect our families and nation against this threat. We can create a new energy future that has lots of jobs and lots of wealth creation, and lights up the world with more energy, more mobility, more freedoms.
If you agree with Inglis and feel that “it’s exciting to see more and more conservatives coming around on climate change,” visit newclimatevoices.org and find out how you can get involved.