I am pleased to welcome Brian Ettling as a new blogger on BoomerWarrior. (Editor: BommerWarrior.Org). This article is also posted in ClimateBites.
Brian is moving into a career that educates and inspires people in a positive and fun way to take action to resolve climate change. His motto is “Think Globally, Act Locally.” You can also reach Brian on Facebook.
Reject climate change? “Make sure to say that very publicly, because I want our grandchildren to read what you said and what I said” – Bob Inglis, Conservative Republican former Congressman from South Carolina.
(Source: YouTube video: “Republican Bob 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).
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.
I recently heard this great analogy from Tom Friedman. Using your sick child to help you decide about climate change, what would you do? Your child is sick. 98 doctors say treat him this way. Two say no, this other way is the way to go. If you go with the opinion of the two doctors , 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 scientists (such as the late Dr. Stephen Schneider) think that 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 severe droughts, floods, more intense hurricanes 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.