Bob Inglis is a lawyer and former US Congressman who is now a leading figure in the ‘Eco Right’ movement. He is touring Australia in February as a guest of The Australia Institute.
His address to the National Press Club comes just weeks after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. He will offer important insights into what is actually at stake in climate politics under the new US administration, which will have major implications for Australia and the world.
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. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing re-election in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.
Inglis began his career in Congress as a critic of climate action and came to accept the science after visiting Antarctica and snorkelling on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with a scientist, Dr Scott Heron (who featured on ABC Catalyst).
On his return to America, Inglis advocated for climate action and this ‘heresy’ cost him his seat in Congress. In 2015 he was awarded a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his political bravery.
In 2012 Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University in and serves as executive director, where he promotes free enterprise action on climate change. The Initiative does grassroots work under the republicEN.org brand. This network of 2096 Americans educates “conservatives, libertarians, and pragmatists” about free-enterprise solutions to climate change.
He says that conservative should adopt the best, free-market solution, which is an economy-wide carbon tax with border adjustments that protect the economy from low-cost, high-carbon imports. He will explain how this ‘no regrets’ position could work in Australia.
Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and a Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014.
Inglis grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, went to Duke University for college, met and married his college sweetheart, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C., before and between his years in Congress.
Bob and Mary Anne Inglis have five adult children and live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.