Voices

“Science is neither conservative nor liberal; it’s evidence-driven. Scientists, including those of us who are politically conservative, hope for an early end to the populist rejection of science and a return to evidence-driven scientific inquiry. Conservatives have a critical role to play in meeting the challenges posed by changing climate, and the Energy and Enterprise Initiative provides a vehicle for them to do so.”

Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT

“Economists have long understood that the key to smart environmental policy is aligning private incentives with true social costs and benefits.  That means putting a price on carbon emissions, so households and firms will have good reason to reduce their use of fossil fuels and to develop alternative energy sources.”

Greg Mankiw, Chairman of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers (2003-2005)

“The Apostle Paul says in Romans 1 that the Creation itself reflects God’s eternal power and divine nature. Good science searches the order of that Creation; faith informs our response to that data. Bob Inglis tells me that the Energy and Enterprise Initiative will be a place of science that understands man cannot live by data alone, but also by awe, wonder, and action. That’s a good objective.”

Russell Moore, Dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

“Insurers and reinsurers take all kinds of risks into account. E&EI is calling conservatives to consider those risks, and it’s equipping conservatives to confront those risks with free enterprise solutions.”

Eli Lehrer, President, R Street Institute

“We should make all forms of energy bear their full costs. Many forms of energy produce side effects, like pollution, that are a cost to society. The producers don’t bear those costs; society does. There has to be a way to level the playing field and cause those forms of energy to bear their true costs.”

George Shultz, Secretary of State (Reagan Administrations)

“Those of us who believe in the power markets to do good must also believe in the power of markets to reduce harms – including the harms of pollution and climate change. That work of market-driven harm-reduction is being done right here.”

David Frum, author and contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast