An outgoing Republican congressman attacked his conservative colleagues for ignoring the problems the United States may face due to climate change at a House Science subcommittee hearing Wednesday
“I would also suggest to my Free Enterprise colleagues — especially conservatives here — whether you think it’s all a bunch of hooey, what we’ve talked about in this committee, the Chinese don’t,” Rep. Bob Inglis (R-DC), a ranking member of the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee, said.
“And they plan on eating our lunch in this next century,” he continued. “They plan on innovating around these problems, and selling to us, and the rest of the world, the technology that’ll lead the 21st century. So we may just press the pause button here for several years, but China is pressing the fast-forward button.”
According to an investigation by ThinkProgress, approximately 50% of incoming Republicans deny the existence of man-made climate change and approximately 86% are opposed to climate change legislation.
“They plan on leading the future,” Inglis said. “So whether you — if you’re a free enterprise conservative here — just think: it’s a bunch of hooey, this science is a bunch of hooey. But if you miss the commercial opportunity, you’ve really missed something.”
All four Republicans currently looking to head the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees climate and energy issues, are opposed to climate change legislation.
One contender, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), said he opposed cap and trade legislation because God would not allow the Earth to be destroyed by global warming.
Another congressman seeking to head the House Energy committee, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) apologized to BP for the US government’s insistence that the oil giant set up a fund to compensate oil spill victims.
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), who will likely be the next chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, another influence committee in regards to climate legislation, said Congress should investigate the Obama administration’s climate policies.
“Reasonable people have serious questions about our knowledge of the state of the science,” Hall said Wednesday. “We must hold this Administration accountable for meeting a level of scientific integrity the public expects from their government.”
Scientists should expect to be asked to appear before the next Congress to testify about climate change, according to Inglis.
“Those will be difficult hearings for climate scientists,” he said. “But, I would encourage you to welcome those as fabulous opportunities to teach.”
Inglis was defeated by tea party-backed primary challenger Trey Gowdy this year.
Video of Rep. Bob Inglis comments are below.
‘Donald who?’ Presidential historian predicts GOP support for Trump will erode in the face of a ‘blue wave’
MSNBC's Jon Meacham predicts that President Donald Trump won't be able to count on Republican support through a lengthy vote-counting process.
The historian and author told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that GOP support may wane if Democrats strengthen their House majority and take over the Senate from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even if the results of the presidential election aren't known until weeks later.
"There's a much better chance that Joe Biden will end up somewhat centering the Democratic Party than anybody is going to come along and center the Republican Party," Meacham said, "and I think that's an existential threat to a Republican Party that has sold its soul, the check bounced, and they've got to figure out what are they going to do to attempt to be something approaching majority party in this demographically changing country."
Historian details how ‘anti-science’ views of white evangelicals in the South helped fuel the 2nd wave of COVID-19
When the coronavirus pandemic was killing thousands of New York City residents in the spring, many far-right Republicans in Texas and the Deep South argued that they shouldn’t be forced to practice social distancing or wear protective face masks because of a Northeastern Corridor problem. They failed to realize that pandemics, from the Black Death in Medieval times to the Spanish flu in 1918/1919, can rapidly spread from one place to another. Historian Laura Ellyn Smith, in a blistering op-ed for the Washington Post, discusses the fact that COVID-19 has been hitting the South so hard recently — and argues that the “anti-science” views of far-right white Christian fundamentalists are partly to blame.
Placido Domingo insists ‘I have never abused anyone’
Famed Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo, accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, denied the allegations Thursday in an interview in which he talked about getting over coronavirus.
"I've changed. I am no longer afraid. When I found out I had COVID, I promised myself that if I made it out alive I would fight to clear my name," he said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Repubblica.
"I never abused anyone, I'll repeat that as long as I live," he said.
Domingo, 79, had said in March he had been hospitalized for coronavirus in Acapulco, Mexico.
"It was a miracle to find my voice again... Two or three months ago I wasn't sure I would be able to sing again," he said.