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Bob Inglis to join conservative climate change talks at Utah Tech, SUU

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Cyclists head north into central St. George along one of the city's many paved trails. Outdoor activity like cycling is a major part of the city's plans for both recreation and transportation as population growth and increased visitation put more pressure on local roads, but high temperatures often dissuade people from venturing out during the hottest months.

A former Republican congressman who’s spearheading a bipartisan effort to stop a climate crisis is stopping in southwestern Utah this week with a message for the region’s conservative majority: Climate change is real, and conservatives should be a part of finding a solution.

On consecutive nights — Monday at Utah Tech University and Tuesday at Southern Utah University — former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, who denied that climate change was real when he represented South Carolina’s 4th District until 2011, is set to join panel discussions about climate change, its scientific basis, the potential bipartisan solutions in the works and the role conservatives could play in saving the planet.

Visitors look into a pond at the Red Hills Desert Garden in St. George. The garden, which features local plant and fish species and highlights desert-adapted plants that use little water, is part of an ongoing effort to reduce per-capita water use in the area due to ongoing drought and climate change.

“Conservatives are the indispensable partner for action on climate and many on the EcoRight are slowly stepping up to lead,” said Inglis, who has said previously that he changed his mind on climate change after discussing it with his children and poring through the science.

Inglis’s tour through southwestern Utah starts Monday with a panel discussion hosted by the UTU Institute of Politics & Public Affairs inside the ballroom of the Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center, where he’ll be joined by Dr. Logan Mitchell, a climate scientist and energy analyst for Utah Clean Energy; Ivins City Mayor Chris Hart; and Dannielle Larkin, a member of the St. George City Council. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open and free to the public.


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