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Former GOP Rep.: Republicans should stop climate change ‘denial’

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A former Republican congressman from South Carolina is calling on conservatives to take measures to combat climate change instead of “retreating in denial.”

George Mason University announced on Tuesday that former Rep. Bob Inglis would be leading a nationwide public engagement campaign on behalf of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative’s (E&EI) effort to find conservative solutions to climate change.

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“Conservatives have the answer to our energy and climate challenge,” Inglis 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.”

In a video posted to the E&EI website, Inglis and Art Laffer, President Ronald Reagan’s former economics adviser, explained why taxing carbon emissions was the right answer for curbing greenhouse gasses and improving the economy.

“Either way, whether you’re an agnostic or you think climate change is for real, the solution may just be the same,” Inglis said. “And that’s changing what you tax.”

“If you’re going to handle global warming, you can do it in a way that actually does not hurt the economy,” Laffer agreed. “I would bet that a carbon tax would really be less damaging dollar-for-dollar to the economy than the progressive income tax.”

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“You got to tax something to fund the government,” Inglis pointed out. “Why not make it pollution rather than income?”

In a 2010 landslide, Inglis was ousted from Congress by tea party favorite Trey Gowdy, who completely denies that the Earth is warming.

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“I don’t believe in global warming or cap-and-trade,” Gowdy told the Spartanburg Tea Party in 2010. “That’s not me.”

Watch this video from the Energy and Enterprise Initiative.

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(h/t: The Hill)

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Analyst tells CNBC: Recession will hit US several months before 2020 election

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An analyst told CNBC on Monday that a recession is likely to hit the U.S. just months before the 2020 election.

"The inversion of the yield curve is a great signal that a recession is coming," Guy Lebas of Janney Capital Management explained. "Recessions by their nature are impossible to predict with any confidence but we have a few clues."

Lebas pointed to corporate capital expenditure plans as a sign of economic stress.

"They are hinting somewhere in the early to mid portion of 2020," he said of a possible recession.

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Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes

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Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.

The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.

A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.

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Former US ambassador to Denmark torches Trump’s Greenland plan on CNN: ‘I laughed until I cried’

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Rufus Gifford, who previously served as the United States' ambassador to Denmark under former President Barack Obama, told CNN's John Berman that he can't believe President Donald Trump really thinks he can buy Greenland.

During a CNN interview Monday, Berman asked Gifford what his reaction was to the president publicly discussing his desire to do a "big" real estate deal with Denmark to buy Greenland.

Gifford did not respond positively.

"Honestly, I saw the Wall Street Journal headline when I was bound for Copenhagen," he said. "Like most people, I thought it was a joke. Reading more, it became confirmed. I shook my head, as I often say, many times as I've heard about Trump's foreign policy decisions, I laughed until I cried."

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