Mention climate change and the loudest voices on the left shout “Green New Deal!” But there are other voices and another approach to consider coming from some conservatives.
Another approach to solving climate problems
They call themselves “energy optimists and climate realists”. They are conservatives
libertarians and pragmatists of various political opinions and members of an organization called republicEn.
Instead of directly pushing back or denying climate change charges, republicENs believe that climate change is real and that it is their duty to reduce risk. What’s unique is how they suggest America is going about it.
Inglis leads the charge
Bob Inglis, a former six-term Republican congressman from South Carolina, was the top member for energy and the environment on the House science committee and he started out as a climate change denier. That has changed and now he travels across the country to targeted locations like Washington to spread a message about the power of American free enterprise to deliver the innovations to solve climate change.
Inglis appeared on the radio this morning to talk about his approach to the free market.
When conservatives enter the competition of ideas on solutions, our ideas can win on their merits and bring the country together. If the Conservatives fail to compete, the
The environmental left will keep the monopoly on the climate debate and lead America towards irresponsible politics like the Green New Deal.
It’s all about carbon
Specifically, Inglis champions the idea of imposing a carbon border adjustment as detailed in an opinion piece in RealClearEnergy
a levy on imports from countries that do not have carbon reduction plans in place. These carbon levies would ensure that it would be in the interest of our trading partners to join us in reducing carbon pollution.
Connecting the dots – Chinese steel is pouring CO2 from steel mill cauldrons and coal-fired power plants that power steel mills. This CO2 imposes global costs in the form of climate damage. Accounting for these costs is rock-solid Reagan conservatism that would make Milton Friedman proud.
Inglis says – “we would collect a carbon royalty on steel from China. Royalty would level the playing field between US steel produced under strict environmental regulations and Chinese steel produced under lax conditions.”
Here’s what Inglis had to say this morning on News Talk KIT.