Our Principles

We are energy optimists and climate realists.

Members of republicEn are conservatives, libertarians, and pragmatists of diverse political opinion. We stand together because we believe in American free enterprise. We believe that with a true level playing field, free enterprise can deliver the innovation to solve climate change. But America's climate policy needs to change. Change requires that conservative leaders step-up and lead.

When Bob Inglis founded the Energy and Enterprise Institute, he based the heart of the organization on advancing climate policy that is based on four major pillars.

  • Limited government
  • Accountability
  • Free enterprise
  • Environmental stewardship


We need a pivot from the right toward a conversation about solutions. Conservatives have recoiled in disputation of climate science because the proffered solutions are anathema. Cap-and-trade for carbon emissions won't work the way it worked for acid rain. The Clean Power Plan is a regulatory quagmire.

“Conservatives can't embrace those solutions, but they can step forward with other solutions that fit with bedrock principles of free enterprise.” - Bob Inglis

Climate change is real. It is the duty of all Americans to reduce the risks. But to make a difference and take advantage of the opportunities, climate change needs to be addressed with free enterprise solutions instead of the status quo of ineffective subsidies and regulations.