JFK Profile in Courage media, video and photos wrapup

almost 4 years ago

"It's those hopes—of that young America with the future before it-- that I wish to describe here today as a potential, bright shining moment for climate change."

"Applying those words to climate change, our knowledge has increased, our ignorance has unfolded, and we're beginning to see the damage that we're doing to the remnant of Eden in which we live."

"It's been a circuitous path and one that I would not have chosen, but it's been a good path. Given a choice between the law of love and the laws of politics, I know I chose the better."

"I think we're going to come together and get this done because I believe that a pricing of carbon dioxide will be akin to what someone said of the financial crisis of 08-09, 'It's amazing how the impossible went to the inevitable without ever passing through the probable.'"

"To quote a very underquoted line from President Kennedy's speech at Rice, 'I think we're going to do it.' The impossible will become the inevitable without ever passing through the probable."

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May 3, 2015
Ex-US Rep. Bob Inglis gets JFK Award for climate stance (Associated Press)

BOSTON - Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday for reversing his position on climate change despite the predictable political fallout that helped cost the South Carolina Republican his seat in Congress.

Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg, presented the award to Inglis on Sunday at the JFK Library in Boston.

"My grandfather's legacy is kept alive by Bob's courageous decision to sacrifice his political career to demand action on the issue that will shape life on Earth for generations to come," said Schlossberg, son of Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg.

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May 3, 2015
Former Rep. Inglis wins JFK Profile in Courage Award (The Boston Globe)

Former US representative Bob Inglis was given the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday for putting his career on the line to call attention to the threat from climate change.

"My grandfather's legacy is kept alive by Bob's courageous decision to sacrifice his political career to demand action on the issue that will shape life on earth for generations to come," Kennedy's grandson Jack Schlossberg said in a speech at the JFK Library on the 25th anniversary of the awards.

Inglis represented the Fourth Congressional District of South Carolina as a Republican from 1993 to 1998 and again from 2005 to 2010. He was honored for acknowledging that climate change is real and caused by humans, a decision he said played a role in his reelection loss in 2010.

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