Episode 57: Bob Inglis: The Tide is Rising

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Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCLer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episode recaps here, or listen to past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below. 

Citizens’ Climate Education encourages bipartisan support for climate solutions. While people on the left, right, and in the middle might disagree on many issues, climate change is one that can bring us together. But this is not always easy to do. It requires listening deeply to others who hold views on issues and policies that differ from our own.

Climate advocates are wondering: In a time of tense partisan divisions, how can I learn to listen to someone from a different political party? How might I identify shared values and common ground? In this episode of Citizens’ Climate Radio, we will practice listening, by hearing from the political right and the left.

Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of republicEn. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before, and he served a pair of six-year terms (1993-98, 2005-10). In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. In the fall of 2014, E&EI rebranded to become republicEn, an online grassroots community of over 10,000 Americans educating the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change. 

Bob shares some of his own journey about how he got into climate work, and he tells us about the lessons he learned in reaching out to fellow conservatives. He also reveals to us his thoughts and feelings about the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.


The Art House

In the Art House, we feature song leaders Annie Patterson and Peter Blood. They are liberal Quakers in New England who have been leading singing for over 30 years. They talk about the songs that motivate and inspire climate advocates. Some are protest songs and others are beautiful ballads. They discuss the role of music in social movements as they offer up their own tiny desk concert. 

Annie and Peterson are the creators of the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again Song Books. These songbooks take on social justice issues like racism, poverty, inequality, and sexism. See them in action on the Rise Up and Sing YouTube channel

You can hear a standalone version of The Art House segment at Artists and Climate Change

Good News Report

We partnered with Yale Climate Connections to bring us this episode’s good news out of Hammond, Indiana. After a coal-fired power plant shut down in 2012, the city had to figure out what to do with the site while also replacing the lost tax revenue the plant closure created. They came up with a creative solution. 

If you have good news to share, leave a voicemail at (518) 595-9414 (+1 if calling from outside the U.S.). We always welcome your thoughts, questions, suggestions, and recommendations for the show at that number as well, or you can email radio @ citizensclimate.org

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