Former Republican Congressman Supports Carbon Tax

As always we are impressed by the courageous thought leadership of former South Carolina Republican congressman Bob Inglis. Since losing his seat to a Tea Party candidate Mr. Inglis has founded the Energy and Enterprise Institute at George Mason University where he has consistently urged conservatives to stop socializing the costs of fossil fuel pollution. 

We see him as a voice of reason creating rational arguments for coherent energy and tax policy.

- Ken Stadlin

President, Kenergy Solar

From Politico:

"Former Rep. Bob Inglis knows that his devotion to a carbon tax might have cost him his job.

But the South Carolina Republican has no regrets as he dedicates his post-congressional career as well to the battle to persuade fellow conservatives to embrace a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

Inglis now heads the Energy and Enterprise Initiative housed at George Mason University. | AP Photo

Inglis now heads the Energy and Enterprise Initiative housed at George Mason University. | AP Photo

“And really, I am the worst commercial for this, because I got my head blown off trying to do it,” he told POLITICO, sitting at a coffee shop a short walk from the Capitol. But he added, “Losing an election is not the worst thing that can happen to you. Losing your soul is considerably worse.”

The controversial tax proposal has long won the backing of many economists, who say it is the simplest and purest means of reducing emissions blamed for contributing to climate change. And while it has also won tentative backing from oil giants like Shell and ExxonMobil, it’s been pilloried by many oil-state politicians and conservatives, who say it would raise energy costs and hurt fossil fuel industries."

Read the full article here.