Meet the man trying to use conservative values to fight climate change.

The sixth time he operated for Congress, Rep. Bob Inglis( R-South Carolina) induced two big mistakes.

The second mistake, according to Inglis, was when he refused to confirm at a town hall event that President obama was indeed an evil secret non-American Muslim socialist.

But the truly shameful gaffe that would cost him the election was when he speak the words: “Climate change is real. Let’s do something about it.”

“I get 29% of the vote after 12 years in Congress, ” he says today with a self-effacing chuckle. “A instead spectacular face-plant, really.”

Inglis, left, satisfies with troops in Ghana in 2010. Photo via U.S. Army Africa/ Flickr.

With his Congress career officially over, Inglis decided to dedicate himself to discovering conservative solutions to climate change.

Two years after his failed re-election campaign, he launched an advocacy group called RepublicEn through the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Inglis hoped to use traditional Republican values such as free enterprise, limited government, accountability, and reasonable danger avoidance to shape the climate dialogue in a way that would appeal to people in the reddest of the red communities .

His mission took him all the way from Antarctica to Tangier Island, Virginia, a small crabbing community in the Chesapeake Bay.

Tangier Island is perhaps best known as the situate for the battle that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner, ” but today, Tangier Island is losing about 15 feet of land every year from rising sea levels — and many of its 700 residents still don’t believe in the risk of being climate change .

Inglis thought that if they heard about climate change from a person who holds many of their ideologies and is just more like them, the residents there might say, “Yeah, we’re for that.”

Tangier Island. Photo by Eli Christman/ Wikimedia Commons.

But it turned out that was easier said than done: