Inglis, Fmr Administration Officials Discuss Climate/Energy Policy

Panel Discussion at UMD School of Public Policy will Feature Bush U.S. Trade Representative, Bush Assistant Treasury Secretary and Obama OSTP Assistant Director

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – On Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 12:15 p.m., the University of Maryland School of Public Policy will host former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., for a panel discussion on “Energy & Enterprise: Alternative Approaches to U.S. Energy and Climate Change Challenges.”  The event will feature two UMD Public Policy professors who served in the George W. Bush administration, former U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, and Phillip Swagel, former Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department; and Professor Steve Fetter, former Assistant Director at-large in the Obama White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Climate change remains a controversial subject in the Republican Party and conservative U.S. politics more broadly.  In the absence of Republican policy proposals, most of the climate-change policy discussion has been driven by Democrats and progressive groups.  At this event, Inglis, now executive director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University, will lay out a framework for a climate policy based on ending energy subsidies and taxing hidden costs, and will describe how this enterprise-oriented approach is well-aligned with conservative thought but could also attract broader support.

“The practice of socializing costs while privatizing profit is not free enterprise,” Inglis said. “A prudent pro-growth solution is to shift taxes off of something we want more of, which is income, and on to something we want less of, which is pollution.”

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Nathan Hultman, director of Environmental Policy at the UMD School of Public Policy.  “Mr. Inglis has emerged as a leading voice on alternative approaches to fixing the market failures relating to greenhouse-gas emissions that lead to climate change,” Hultman said.  “We’re looking forward to a constructive conversation with him and with the former officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations”

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

                12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Where: University of Maryland School of Public Policy

                  2101 Van Munching Hall, College Park, Md. 

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Contacts: Jennifer Talhelm, 301 405 4390 or jtalhelm@umd.edu;                                                                                                                      Alex Bozmoski, 855 271 7770 or bozmoski@energyandenterprise.com