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Former GOP US Rep. Bob Inglis gets JFK Profile in Courage Award for climate change stance

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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.

PHOTO: Jack Schlossberg, left, grandson of former President John F. Kennedy, presents former U.S Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., center right, with the 2015 Profile in Courage Award, at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Boston. Inglis was awarded the prize for reversing his position on climate change. Heather Campion, second from right, and Ken Feinberg, right, both of the  JFK Library Foundation, look on. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Jack Schlossberg, left, grandson of former President John F. Kennedy, presents former U.S Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., center right, with the 2015 Profile in Courage Award, at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Boston. Inglis was awarded the prize for reversing his position on climate change. Heather Campion, second from right, and Ken Feinberg, right, both of the JFK Library Foundation, look on. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Inglis, a member of the House Science Committee and ranking member of its Energy and Environment Subcommittee, had opposed legislation on climate change, but said he changed his mind after briefings from scientists and encouragement from his five children.

He advocated for a carbon tax to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and was defeated in the 2010 primary for re-election to the 4th Congressional District seat he had held twice, from 1993-1998 and 2005-2010.

"When is America going to rise to the challenge on climate? Well, I think it's soon. I think it's before the decade is out," Inglis said in remarks for the ceremony, an allusion to JFK's 1960s call to send astronauts to the moon.

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

The annual award to public servants is named for Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book about U.S. senators who took unpopular stands for principle. A bipartisan committee selects the recipients, who recently have included former President George H.W. Bush and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.

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PHOTO: Jack Schlossberg, left, grandson of for President John F. Kennedy, presents former U.S Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., right, with the 2015 Profile in Courage Award, at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Boston. Inglis was awarded the prize for reversing his position on climate change. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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