What to make of Cantor’s defeat

A message from CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds

With the defeat of Eric Cantor last night, the hill we’re climbing to pass effective climate legislation got a little steeper, but if we were people prone to be discouraged by the challenge in front of us, we wouldn’t still be here.

Cynics are going to tell you that Cantor’s defeat will push Republicans further to the extremist view that humans are not responsible for global warming, and therefore there is no point in taking action. They will tell you that Republicans are cowering in fear and won’t want to be seen talking to anyone from an organization called Citizens Climate Lobby.

Ignore the cynics, as we have always done. We will prevail.

We will prevail, because rather than appealing to the things politicians are afraid of, we appeal to the things that inspire them. Each of our members of Congress has a legacy they hope to leave, and I truly believe that legacy is much bigger than “I was re-elected five times.”

The legacy we offer them is to be known as the guardians of the world our grandchildren will inherit. It’s the legacy that inspired Bob Inglis to risk his political future, but, ultimately, gain a calling.

When we come to Washington next week to speak to our elected officials, some of whom will still be stunned and fearful because of last night’s turn of events, our job is this: To push aside their fear and call forth the courage, vision and compassion that exists in each and every one of them.

It is a call they will find hard to resist.

See you in DC.

Mark Reynolds

Executive Director, Citizens Climate Lobby

Posted June 11, 2014

Steve Valk
Steve Valk is Communications Coordinator for Citizens' Climate Lobby. Steve joined the CCL staff in 2009 after a 30-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.