U. of Kentucky Program Hopes to ‘Break Down Existing Barriers’

Texas Tech scientist Katharine Hayhoe and former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis to highlight early April live-streamed climate change session.

“Values, National Security, and Free Enterprise” are principal themes of an upcoming April panel discussion sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture and several other organizations.

Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, author of A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions and generally considered an outstanding science communicator, will headline an April 2-4 session along with former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis and Retired Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson.


Katharine Hayhoe

Bob Inglis

Inglis served in the U.S. House of Representatives until 2011. He lost his seat in the Republican primary campaign after a Tea Party-backed candidate and other conservative interests railed against him for accepting the consensus science and supporting a market-based response to climate change threats. He now makes the conservative and free-enterprise case for addressing climate change from his position as Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University in Virginia. Anderson will focus his remarks in particular on climate change and national security.

Their session will conclude the full three-day “Environmental Issues Event” running from the evening of April 2 through April 4.

The ballroom at the University of Kentucky’s student center, in Lexington, will be arranged to seat up to some 400 on-site participants, with seating on a first-come/first-served basis, according to Paul Vincelli, program organizer. The April 4 7 p.m. program is to be live-streamed, and the Anderson, Hayhoe, and Inglis presentations are to be posted a few weeks later on YouTube.

In a brief telephone call, Vincelli said that one of his hopes in arranging the climate change component of the program is to “break down some existing barriers in a constructive way.”

For further information, contact Vincelli at 859-218-0722 or at pvincelli @ uky.edu.

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