Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Bob Inglis (Former R-SC), who was unseated by a landslide primary (71:29%) in 2010 by Tea Party Member Trey Gowdy (R-SC), has been touring Australia, reassuring worried greens that President Trump will soon be brought under control by the climate movement.
Australian coal ‘risks being caught out’ by Trump climate U-turn
The president could spring a surprise with a carbon price, making renewables cheaper, US Republican warns.
Fossil fuel industries in Australia could be left behind by improvements in renewables and the possibility Donald Trump changes tack on a carbon tax, a former US Republican congressman has warned.
In a speech to the [Australian] National Press Club on Wednesday, Bob Inglis, a conservative advocate for private sector action on climate change, called for the United States to take unilateral action by imposing a carbon tax with an import levy on goods made in countries without a carbon price.
Inglis, a congressman for 12 years who lost Republican preselection over his advocacy of a carbon price, argued that conservatives could be persuaded to join a coalition to fight climate change by appeals to the free market or to faith.
Inglis was surprisingly upbeat about the prospect of Trump taking action on climate change. He claimed Trump was “channeling the fears of a fearful people” when he dismissed climate change as a “Chinese hoax” but could not possibly believe that.
“There is some chance that President Trump, may respond to his daughter Ivanka’s interest in climate change.
“There is a chance he may listen to secretary of state Rex Tillerson who, as recently as October was advocating for the same revenue neutral carbon tax we are proposing at [eco-right website] republicEN.org.”
He predicted reality would force Trump to shift, as gas prices increase, coal mining jobs do not return and new technologies will be needed to create jobs.
Bob Inglis seems to think a carbon tax will have more of a stimulus effect on the US economy than cheap energy.
The following is a video of Bob Inglis’ presentation to the National Press Club of Australia;