Politico honors Inglis as one of its Top 50 visionary thinkers

Bob Inglis, executive director of George Mason University’s Energy and Enterprise Initiative, and advisor Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor of Atmospheric Science at Texas Tech University, were ranked number 46 on the Politico 50 on Monday for their work on what Politico called “the conservative case for fighting climate change.”

The site’s top 50 ranking is described as a “guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.”

Prior to founding the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, Inglis served six terms in Congress representing the state of South Carolina. Once a critic of climate change, Inglis changed his views and began advocating for a carbon tax to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

“As a conservative Republican who is showing leadership with free-market ideas about climate solutions, Bob has become one of the most important voices in America,” said Edward Maibach, director of George Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication.

Inglis founded republicEn in 2012, a grassroots community building effort to educate Americans about free enterprise solution to climate change – which is managed through the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. He received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2015 for his efforts. 

“We're making progress,” Inglis said. “Conservatives are going to come around on climate. We're going to realize that we're all in this together, and the world is going to celebrate American leadership. This is our generation's moon shot."

“Climate change doesn't have political causes,” Maibach said. “It is caused by use of fossil fuels and deforestation—but solving it requires policy solutions.”