Former Congressman to Speak on Free Market Solution to Clean Air

Bob Inglis, former Congressman from South Carolina, visits Utah to share his conservative vision for how to have energy and clean air.



When:   Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17 & 18 – several events – both days 

Who:     Former Congressman Bob Inglis, from South Carolina, has a conservative plan for delivering energy and clean air.  With the terrible air quality along the Wasatch Front and in the Cache Valley during winter inversions, Bob’s message is most timely.

Where:  Bob Inglis will be speaking in several venues while he is in Salt Lake City for two full days, including the Editorial Boards of both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, and three public presentations at the University of Utah, Weber State, and Westminster College. Bob will also be speaking to College Republicans and other students at BYU.  In addition to these events, Mr. Inglis is scheduled to speak with several mayors of cities along the Wasatch Front, Wasatch Back and Cache Valley, the Governor’s Energy Staff, and Utah State Legislators (see full schedule below this press release).

At each venue, Bob Inglis will share a conservative plan to eliminate subsides on all fuels while putting a fee on carbon.  According to Bob, this would be a revenue neutral plan that would increase taxes on what we don’t want more of – pollution – and would lower taxes on what we do want more of – income.  “We need to change what we tax: reduce taxes on income and shift those taxes to pollution” said Bob Inglis.

Reps. Kraig Powell and Becky Edwards will be hosting Bob Inglis at the Utah State Legislature during Interim Day on Wednesday, September 18.  The day ends with a reception with Inglis and his presentation for all State Legislators from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

“We hope that Bob helps to start a dialogue here in Utah between groups of people who don’t always agree. Utah needs to explore all options to reduce air pollution while maintaining energy supplies to meet our needs and we think Mr. Inglis has a great plan.” said Susan Soleil, Executive Director of Utah Interfaith Power & Light.

Utah Interfaith Power & Light, The Nature Conservancy, and Citizens Climate Lobby are pleased to sponsor these two days with Bob Inglis.  Mr. Inglis is the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Inglis founded and launched the national, grassroots organization in July 2012. E&EI is guided by the conservative principles of free enterprise and economic growth, limited government, accountability and reasonable risk avoidance to solve our nation’s energy and climate challenges.

Inglis represented South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993-98 and 2005-10). He was first elected to Congress in 1992 after having never run for public office. He spent six years in the U.S. House and unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings in 1998. In the fall of 2004, he was re-elected to the open House seat he had previously held and went on to serve another six-year stint in Congress. In the midst of the financial crisis in 2010, he lost his bid for re-election.

Inglis grew up in Bluffton, S.C., graduated from Duke University with a degree in political science and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.  He and his wife Mary Anne have five children (a son and four daughters) and live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.

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