It is baffling to me that people have a knee-jerk alignment of their opinions on climate change based on their political leanings. If you talk to many people, they do not have a full understanding of the science on either side, but have this zombie-like alignment of viewpoint because of their politics. This is not just my imagination. A recent comprehensive study out of Georgia State University found this to be the case. But come on, you did not need an academic study to tell you that, just talk to family members from both sides of the aisle over dinner and you know.
Various misperceptions, coordinate misinformation, and powerful economic forces have helped politicized the discussion. Meanwhile, the science (thought definitely with some uncertainty) is pretty clearly indicating a risk.
Bob Inglis is the Executive Director republicEn.org and former Congressman for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2005 to 2011. He is a card-carrying conservative, but he understands that climate change is not about politics, it is about human beings. He also says that ignoring the risks (even if not fully understood) is against sound conservatives.
Since the last time Congressman Inglis visited Weather Geeks, a lot has changed on the political landscape. We talk with the Congressman about his recent 10-city tour and his visit to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. This island is succumbing to sea level rise, and he got a chance to talk to the residents there. I also pick his brain on how he would advise the President on climate and what he thinks of the United States being the sole holdout on the Paris Agreement. We also talk about a new bi-partisan group in Congress (30 Democrats, 30 Republicans) tackling the climate issue.
I hope you will join us on Weather Geeks. The show always airs Sunday at Noon ET (11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT) on The Weather Channel.