Non-profit

RepublicEn

Website:

www.republicen.org

Formation:

2012

Project of:

Center for Climate Change Communication

Issue Areas:

Environmentalism

Carbon Tax and Dividend

Executive Director:

Bob Inglis

RepublicEn is a nominally right-leaning environmentalist advocacy organization. The group is a project of the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.[1]

Background

RepublicEn was created in 2012 by executive director Bob Inglis, a former U.S. Representative from South Carolina who lost his congressional seat in a 2010 primary election. Inglis has claimed that he lost due to his advocacy for regulations to combat global warming,[2] stating,  “For many conservatives, it became the marker that you had crossed to Satan’s side—that you had left God and gone to Satan’s side on climate change.”[3]

Inglis’s alleged political martyrdom has earned him positive coverage by left-wing advocacy media as the “conservative who believes that climate change is real.”[4]

Environmental Activism

RepublicEn was created to provide a “conservative” solution to climate change. RepublicEn advocates for enacting environmentalist taxes carbon emissions. The organization condemened President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.[5] The group has also called for import tariffs on countries that don’t already tax carbon dioxide.[6] One of RepublicEn’s members, Alex Bozmoski, have openly praised U.S. Representative Carolos Curbelo’s (R-Florida) carbon tax bill in interviews.[7]

Association with Left-Wing Organizations

RepublicEn has ties to the left-wing Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) through Inglis.[8] The CCL, an organization with ties to a number of other right-leaning carbon tax advocates such as the American Conservation Coalition, has also lobbied Congress for a carbon tax—most notably the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan House caucus whose members are generally sympathetic to such legislation.[9] Despite CCL’s claim of bipartisanship, however, its employees overwhelmingly donate to the reelection campaigns of Democratic politicians including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR).[10]

CCL is also a member of the U.S. Climate Action Network, a climate change advocacy coalition of left-wing organizations including 350.org, the Center for American Progress, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and Greenpeace.[11]

People

Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district, created RepublicEn and serves as acting executive director. Inglis also sits on the advisory board of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). The CCL is an organization that promotes a carbon tax scheme and who’s staffers have a history of donating to left-wing causes. Inglis shares his position on the board with George Shultz, former secretary of State; James Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Steven Chu, former secretary of Energy; University of Massachusetts-Amherst Professor of Social Justice Barbara Love, and liberal actors Don Cheadle and Bradley Whitford.[12]

Wen Lee, RepublicEn’s engagement director, is a staffer with a background in left-wing activism who previously worked for a number of left-wing nonprofits, including the Center for a New American Dream and the Alliance for Climate Education which are both funded with millions from organizations like the Tides Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.[13]

Alex Bozmoski, RepublicEn’s Managing Director, is also a staff member at the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University.[14] While 4C is barred from lobbying, Bozmoski has stated in interviews that the group intends to raise grassroots support for carbon tax bills.[15] Bozmoski stated in an interview that “If we had 100 people in 50 of the right congressional districts phoning their support for climate leadership, I have no doubt that Congressman Curbelo would experience a rush of enthusiasm for his bill and quite possibly for amending his bill.”[16]

Chelsea Henderson, RepublicEn’s director of editorial content, is a proponent of a Republican Party-supported carbon tax, stating in an interview that it is “the preferred compliance mechanism of conservatives and economists . . . for solving climate change.”[17]

Funding

RepublicEn is sponsored by Center for Climate Change Communications (4C), a part of George Mason University. 4C has received millions of dollars in grants from left-wing funders including the Energy Foundation,[18] Skoll Global Threats Fund,[19] and the Sea Change Foundation.[20].

References

  1. “About.” RepublicEn | Energy Optimists – Climate Realists. Accessed October 22, 2018. http://www.republicen.org/about_us/staff.
  2. “CQ Politics.” CQ Politics | Gowdy Crushes Inglis in S.C. Runoff. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20100628043350/http:/www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003688244.
  3. Atkin, Emily. “Congress’ Bipartisan Climate Club Doesn’t Agree on Much.” The New Republic. June 07, 2017. Accessed October 24, 2018. https://newrepublic.com/article/143099/congress-bipartisan-climate-club-doesnt-agree-much.
  4. “A Conservative Who Believes That Climate Change Is Real.” Yale E360. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://e360.yale.edu/features/interview_bob_inglis_conservative_who_believes_climate_change_is_real.
  5. “Statement from Bob Inglis on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord | RepublicEn.” RepublicEn | Energy Optimists – Climate Realists. Accessed October 25, 2018. http://www.republicen.org/articles/93.
  6. “Statement from Bob Inglis on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord | RepublicEn.” RepublicEn | Energy Optimists – Climate Realists. Accessed October 25, 2018. http://www.republicen.org/articles/93.
  7. Lacey, Stephen. “Why Only 5,000 Voters Could Help Pass a New Republican Carbon Tax.” Greentech Media. July 24, 2018. Accessed October 31, 2018. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/why-5000-voters-could-help-pass-a-gop-carbon-tax#gs.m1QD2KA.
  8. “Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Advisory Board.” Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/advisory-board/.
  9. Breenemurphy, About. “Snowmelt: Rep. Paulsen’s Path to the Climate Solutions Caucus.” Citizens’ Climate Lobby. June 19, 2018. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://citizensclimatelobby.org/snowmelt-paulsen-path-climate-solutions-caucus/.
  10. “Browse Receipts.” FEC.gov. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/?two_year_transaction_period=2018&data_type=processed&contributor_name=Tony Sirna&min_date=01/01/2017&max_date=10/25/2018.
  11. “Member Organizations.” US Climate Action Network. Accessed October 31, 2018. https://www.usclimatenetwork.org/member-organizations.
  12. “Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Advisory Board.” Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/advisory-board/.
  13. Lee, Wen. 2018, User Profile, LinkedIn, Viewed 24 October 2018, https://www.linkedin.com/in/wenlee
  14. “About.” RepublicEn | Energy Optimists – Climate Realists. Accessed October 22, 2018. http://www.republicen.org/about_us/staff.
  15. “Curbelo Introduces First-of-Its-Kind Legislation to Combat Carbon Emissions, Fund Infrastructure Modernization.” Congressman Carlos Curbelo. July 23, 2018. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://curbelo.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2094.
  16. Lacey, Stephen. “Why Only 5,000 Voters Could Help Pass a New Republican Carbon Tax.” Greentech Media. July 24, 2018. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/why-5000-voters-could-help-pass-a-gop-carbon-tax#gs.3qtXuhw.
  17. Henderson, Chelsea. “Why the Rush to Condemn a Carbon Tax?” TheHill. July 18, 2018. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/397730-why-the-rush-to-condemn-a-carbon-tax.
  18. “THE ENERGY FOUNDATION.” THE ENERGY FOUNDATION – GuideStar Profile. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3126848.
  19. “Skoll Global Threats Fund.” Skoll Global Threats Fund – GuideStar Profile. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/27-0198398.
  20. “Sea Change Foundation.” Sea Change Foundation – GuideStar Profile. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-4952986.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Bob Inglis
    Executive Director
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