Source: Carbon Taxes: Practicalities and Prospects, YouTube video from the live event from the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, April 22, 2015.
Notes: At the end of this American Enterprise Institute event on carbon taxes, an audience member asks former Rep. Bob Inglis if the liberal accolades such as receiving the 2015 John F Kennedy Library Profiles in Courage Award making it harder or easier to do his job.
Extended Quote: from Bob Inglis:
“If you want to be really inspired here (about the possibility of Congress passing a carbon tax) go look at President Kennedy’s speech at Rice University September 12, 1962. It’s an amazing speech displaying American exceptionalism to the max.
President Kennedy says in that speech some of the materials needed for this moon mission haven’t been invented yet. Then he goes on to say some of this is faith and vision. He admits that in the speech, but he says we are going to do it.
You know that determination of the American people to rise to that challenge of sputnik is so exciting to me to apply (addressing climate change).
To answer your question, I am very happy to accept (The Profiles in Courage Award) in hope it causes conservatives to think, ‘Do we really believe in America is an exceptional nation and do we think we can really solve this challenge of climate change?
The rest of the world is waiting for a yes from us.
It all depends upon if we decide that we go it in us.
I am very excited to point you to that speech and just ask, ‘Is that someone you would vote for President in 2016?’ I would because that guy really believed this country can solve really big challenges.
I do as well. I really do think it is going to happen (with taking action on climate change).”
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