Conservatives Mull Environmentalism (Yale CRs)

By Dhruv Aggarwal — Yale Daily News, December 6, 2012

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Bob Inglis, a former six-term Republican U.S. representative from South Carolina, spoke Wednesday night in William L. Harkness Hall on harnessing free markets for environmentalism.

The event, attended by about 15 students, was co-sponsored by the Yale College Republicans and the Yale chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a wetlands conservation group. Inglis was on campus as part of his conservative-led educational campaign called the “Energy Enterprise Initiative,” which calls for the elimination of fuel subsidies, attaching a proper cost to fuels and changing the structure of energy taxes.

While identifying himself as “very conservative” and highly rated by the Christian Coalition and the National Rifle Association, Inglis said the claim that climate change was a legitimate problem was a hard sell for his state’s right-leaning constituents during the Republican primary. Inglis, who lost to a tea party candidate in the 2010 Republican primaries, attributed his defeat to his support of measures combating climate change.

Inglis said he used to deny the existence of climate change and gained votes from opposing Al Gore’s view on stopping climate change. However, he said his perspective on the issue was changed by a conversation with his son, Robert Inglis ’07, who told him to “clean up [his] act on the environment.” He added that his visit to Antarctica as a member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment showed him physical evidence of climate change.

Inglis discussed the various initiatives taken as part of the Energy Enterprise Initiative, including writing competitions aimed at conservative students in red states.

Elizabeth Henry ’14, chairwoman of the Yale College Republicans, said Inglis offered a unique view on the issue that she had not heard before.

“It’s great to hear policy views not just like that of the National Review”, she said. “There’s an increasing number of conservatives coming to speak at Yale, but they say pretty much the same thing…[Finish up the article on the Yale Daily News site]

Photo credit: Philipp Arndt (Yale Daily News)