For those hoping that conservatives will come to their senses sometime soon and understand that climate change is a real and present danger to our planet and our survival, stop hoping. Not happening. The fossil fuel industry has been successful in using paid politicians, lobbyists and hacks to turn an issue that should be viewed solely on its scientific merits into a convoluted and muddied political juggernaut.
Any conservative unwilling to play the game is instantly ostracized and demonized. Such was the case with Jon Huntsman during the Republican primary and such is the case with former South Carolina Republican Rep. Bob Inglis who was defeated in the 2010 Tea Party uprising.
From The Hill:
Inglis on Tuesday announced a new “Energy and Enterprise Initiative” that he hopes will voice the case for conservative leadership on energy and climate.
“Conservatives have the answer to our energy and climate challenge,” he said in a statement. “It’s about correcting market distortions and setting the economics right. We need to stop retreating in denial and start stepping forward in the competition of ideas.”
Conservative readers instantly responded.
F.U. Bob Inglis. It’s not ‘denial.’ It’s healthy and accurate skepticism.
Loser, needs to shut his trap and cross over to the Demoncrat (sic) party. There is NO evidence linking human activities to long-term climate change.
Inglis said in 2010 that his belief in global warming was an important factor in his primary loss to Gowdy. Maybe Inglis should listen to the voters rather than the so-called elite.
An ousted RINO showing his true colors as the liberal scum he was ousted for being in 2010. Go Tea Party!
The ignorance shown by these people is frightening. Despite Inglis’ immaculate conservative credentials (“while in Congress he won an “A” from the National Rifle Association, 100 percent from the Christian Coalition and a 93 from the American Conservative Union“), his refusal to bow down to the Deniers has earned him the label of RINO – the term the right uses for any conservative who refuses to dangle teabags from their tricolored beanie caps.
In the bizarro world conservatives have created for themselves, scientists with degrees in chemistry, biology, geology, chronology, mathematics, geophysics, hydrology and climatology are now elitists who should be ignored in favor of politicians like climate-change denier Jim Inhofe who is one of the top recipients of oil money – over $600,000 between 2000 and 2008.
When a political party’s following portrays a man like Bob Inglis as a bum because he chooses to believe in science and then views a man like Jim Inhofe as a hero because he says stuff like this,
“With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science, could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people?”
you know you’ve hit dirt bottom. You also know that you’re no longer dealing with a political party. You now have a cult of ignorance on your hands.