Bob Inglis: How Free Enterprise Can Solve Climate Change

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 04:00

Former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) traveled to Antarctica and Greenland as a member of the House Science Committee during his second 3-year term in Congress (2005-10) and became convinced that climate change was a problem and needed action. In July 2012, he founded and launched RepublicEn (, which is centered on conservative principles and a free-enterprise solution to climate change. Inglis will talk about how free enterprise and a "tax swap" can deliver the innovation to solve our climate change issues and lead the rest of the world.

Lecture is free and open to the public.

About the Speaker:
Bob Inglis was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998, unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings in 1998, and then returned to the practice of commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing re-election in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.

In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. E&EI is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, educational outreach that lives to demonstrate the power of accountable free enterprise. E&EI believes that climate change can be solved by eliminating all subsidies, including the implicit subsidy of the lack of accountability for emissions. By creating a level playing field in which all costs are transparently “in” on all fuels, E&EI believes that the free enterprise system will deliver innovation faster than government regulations could ever imagine.

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About the Series:
The Environmental Solutions Initiative 2017 People & the Planet Lecture Series presents individuals and organizations working to advance understanding and action toward a humane and sustainable future.

Presented by

Bob Inglis
Location: MIT Media Lab, Room E14-633 — MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge