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Sep 5, 2019

In episode 96 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons talks with Bob Inglis, former Congressman from South Carolina and now Executive Director of RepublicEN.  Doug and Bob talk about his history of being a climate advocate in the Republican Party; why the current GOP is so skeptical of climate science; how evangelicals’ attitudes about climate change are influenced by their support of President Trump. Also, Doug talks with John Sweeney, Chelsea Henderson and  Rouzy Vafaie of RepublicEN. They talk of the challenges of being Eco-right conservatives and how they message climate change to their fellow Republicans. This is an amazing episode!

People Interviewed:
Bob Inglis, Executive Director of RepublicEN
John Sweeney, New York spokesperson for RepublicEN
Chelsea Henderson, Director of Editorial Content, RepublicEN
Rouzy Vafaie, South Carolina spokesperson for RepublicEN

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Topics covered:

  • The political consequences of supporting climate change action.
  • How evangelicals have thrown their support behind President Trump and what that means for climate action.
  • Free market approaches to climate change.
  • What climate supporting conservatives think of the Green New Deal.
  • Cap and Trade versus a Carbon Tax
  • Young conservatives and their changing attitudes toward climate change.
  • Doing climate outreach to sometimes hostile audiences.

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