Source: YouTube video: "Rep. Inglis attacks GOP on climate change". Also, National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Promise Blog: "On The Record: Thinking Of Climate Change And Future Thanksgivings," by Max Greenberg, November 24, 2010.
Notes: In his last address to his Congressional peers on the Energy & Environment Subcommittee in November, 2010, conservative Republican South Carolina Representative Bob Inglis began with this statement for his fellow conservative Republicans also in Congress:
"I'm very excited to be here Mr. Chairman, because this is on the record. And it's a wonderful thing about Congressional hearings — they're on the record. Kim Beazley who's Australia's ambassador to the United States tells me that when he runs into a climate skeptic, he says to them, 'Make sure to say that very publicly, because I want our grandchildren to read what you said and what I said. And so, we're on the record, and our grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, are going to read.'
And so some are here suggesting to those children that here's a deal: Your child is sick — this is what Tom Friedman gave me this great analogy yesterday — Your child is sick. 98 doctors say treat him this way. Two say no, this other way is the way to go. I'll go with the two. You're taking a big risk with those kids. Because 98 of the doctors say, "Do this thing," two say, "Do the other." So, it's on the record."
Most scientist think, such as the late Dr. Stephen Schneider, we could face nasty surprises or consequences in future decades, if we do not act now to reduce the threat of climate change. Most of these consequences, such as sererve droughts, floods, more intense hurricances, crop failures, etc, would be deeply felt by our children and future generations.
With so much at stake, are you still willing to go 'on the record' to reject climate change? Your grandkids will remember your words and actions.
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