How conservatives can lead on climate action under President Trump
14 February 2017
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Business School Lecture Theatre 1040
Cost: Free, registration required
Former Republican congressman Bob Inglis began his political career as a critic of action on climate change, but following visits to Antarctica and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef he became a champion of the cause, making it his mission to prove that protecting the planet is the ultimate bipartisan issue. His political bravery earned him a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2015, but also cost him his seat in Congress.
Just weeks after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington D.C., Mr Inglis will make the case for climate action from a conservative perspective at a public address at the University of Sydney.
Federal Minister for the Environment (1996-2001) Robert Hill AC will chair the event. After his keynote address, Mr Inglis will be joined by scientist Dr Scott Heron who will take questions from the floor.
Mr Inglis is coming to Australia as a guest of The Australia Institute on a two-week tour to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Townsville.
Mr Bob Inglis
Bob Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012 and serves as executive director, where he promotes free enterprise action on climate change.
For his work on climate change, Inglis was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. He appears in the film Merchants of Doubt and in the Showtime series YEARS of Living Dangerously (episodes 3 and 4), and he spoke at TEDxJacksonville.
Mr Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and a Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014.
Mr Inglis was elected to the US Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing re-election in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.
He grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, went to Duke University for college, met and married his college sweetheart, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and practiced commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C., before and between his years in Congress.
Bob and Mary Anne Inglis have five adult children and live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.
The Hon Robert Hill, AC
From 2009 to 2016 Robert Hill AC was an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the US Studies Centre. He held a number of positions including director of the Dow Sustainability Program and co-director of the Alliance 21 Program.
Professor Hill was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006, representing South Australia. He was educated at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics, where he gained a masters degree in law.
Professor Hill was Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He was Minister for the Environment 1996-98, Minister for the Environment and Heritage 1998-2001 and Minister for Defence from November 2001 to January 2006.
In July 2005 the Coalition parties took control of the Senate and Professor Hill became the first Government Leader in the Senate since 1981 to command a majority in the chamber. In January 2006 he announced his resignation from the Parliament.
He was Australian Ambassador to the United Nations for Australia from 2006 - 2009.
In July 2009, he was appointed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as Chairman of the Australian Carbon Trust.
Dr Scott Heron
Scott F. Heron, Ph. D., is a physical scientist who works closely with Australian and American oceanic research organisations, based in Townsville, Queensland. He is an expert on coral reefs, specialising in resilience, disease and conservation in the context of climate climate change. He has published over 50 refereed journal articles.
Dr Heron played a key role in the evolution of Bob Inglis’ thinking about climate change. He explained coral reef ecology and the bleaching caused by climate change to Bob Inglis and also showed him the Great Barrier Reef during snorkeling dives.
He is Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University and a Physical Oceanographer with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch programme.
Dr Heron was featured in the recent ABC TV Catalyst
story on coral bleaching.