Bob Inglis: The republican orthodoxy is changing

Former U.S. Representative (R-SC)

“It was a challenge explaining why conservatives would want a carbon tax.”

Former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis bucked the Republican orthodoxy on climate change when he introduced the Raise Wages Cut Carbon Act in 2010, an attempt to, as he says, “put a price on emissions so that we charge to dump into the trash dump of the sky.”

Inglis served as the Representative of the 4th District of South Carolina from 1993 to 1999 and from 2005 to 2011. Inglis has said that his belief in the science behind global warming and the need to take action contributed to his defeat in the 2010 Republican primary in his district. He remains an advocate for a “long-term, stable energy policy” to help the United States “achieve energy security and avoid the unnecessary risks of a changing climate.”

He is currently the Executive Director of (powered by the nonprofit, educational organization the Energy and Enterprise Initiative), a community of energy optimists and climate realists changing the conversation nationwide about climate change, while focused on free-enterprise solutions.

In between his years as an elected official, Inglis practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, South Carolina. Inglis is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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