Moscow, ID. We’d been looking for a way to accept the invitation of the Littlejohn family to visit in their adopted hometown of Moscow, ID. The Littlejohns are thoughtful, committed Christians who were major donors to my congressional campaigns when they lived in Spartanburg, SC. They connected us with the wonderful Tara Hudiburg of the University of Idaho, and we knew we had the makings of a great visit.
As Rocky Barker, veteran reporter for the Idaho Statesmen reported it on November 6,
MOSCOW - A standing-room-only crowd, mostly students, greeted former South Carolina Republican Rep. Bob Inglis last month at the University of Idaho College of Law. “Who believes in climate change?” he asked. Nearly every hand went up. “How many think it’s human-caused?” Most kept their hands up.
It only got better the next day as Tara and her colleagues took us on a field trip up the Snake River. At a refueling stop on the river the conservative students on board and a staffer to my friend Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA5) heard the bad news from University of Idaho fisheries science graduate student Matt Dunkle: the water is so warm that the fish are exhausted by the time they reach the spawning grounds. They’re dying with eggs in them. In 8-10 years there may be no salmon run on the Snake River. Eyes grew large. Hearts sank. No salmon on the Snake River? No salmon-fishing tourism? No thrill of seeing the jumping fish reflected in our children’s and grandchildren’s eyes. Climate change came close that day.
Many thanks to the Littlejohns, to Tara and her colleagues at UI’s Department of Forest, Fire and Rangeland Sciences, and to EnCourage Tour co-hosts the Federalist Society and Economics Club.
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