Who we are
The Energy and Enterprise Initiative is an 501(c)(3) educational effort based at George Mason University. We are a small team committed to building public understanding of free enterprise and its promise to solve energy and climate challenges.
We opened up shop in July 2012. For our first couple years, we spoke with thousands of conservatives and free-market advocates around the country. We discovered that a robust constituency exists for conservative leadership on clean energy and climate change. We met a lot of conservatives who shared three things in common:
They’re energy optimists, confident that market-driven innovation can accelerate an energy revolution;
They’re climate realists, compelled by the evidence that climate risk requires risk management; and
They are pumped to learn that they’re not alone.
On 11-12-14 we launched the republicEn community to be the home base for energy optimists and climate realists.Learn more
Bob Inglis was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998, unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings in 1998, and then returned to the practice of commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing re-election in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.
In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. E&EI is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, educational outreach that lives to demonstrate the power of accountable free enterprise. E&EI believes that climate change can be solved by eliminating all subsidies, including the implicit subsidy of the lack of accountability for emissions. By creating a level playing field in which all costs are transparently “in” on all fuels, E&EI believes that the free enterprise system will deliver innovation faster than government regulations could ever imagine.
E&EI supports an online community of energy optimists and climate realists at republicEn.org. You can say you’re “En” on free enterprise solutions to climate change at republicEn.org.
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 (watch).
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.
Inglis 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 children (a son, 30, and four daughters, 27, 25, 21 and 19). They live on a small farm in northern Greenville County, South Carolina.
Director of Strategy & Operations
Alex leads E&EI’s policy development and educational programming. Prior to joining E&EI at its inception in 2012, Bozmoski spent four years as an entrepreneur developing rural energy projects in East Africa as well as consulting on energy and climate policy for think tanks, consultancies, and a major development bank.
He has also worked on several federal and gubernatorial campaigns for GOP candidates. In his spare time, Bozmoski designs and teaches e-courses on energy policy and environmental economics for developing-country officials and practitioners.
He has a BA from Georgetown University (summa cum laude) and an MS from the University of Oxford.
Director – Communications & Development
Price comes to us with than more than 13 years of experience in journalism and public relations. Most recently, he was deputy press secretary at America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association for the health insurance industry, and before that worked six years as communications director for Rep. Bob Inglis in South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District office (2005-10).
Price is a 1997 graduate of the University of Kentucky, earning a B.A. in journalism. He was a three-year letter winner on the UK men’s swim team and currently serves on the national UK Alumni Association Board of Directors. In his spare time you’ll find him chasing his kids around the house, volunteering at church or cheering on his beloved Kentucky Wildcats or Atlanta Braves.
State Director – Florida
Anthony Bustamante has nearly 10 years of experience in Florida politics. Anthony has worked on local, state and federal campaigns including Marco Rubio’s race for the U.S. Senate, for which he organized a statewide grassroots organization and voter-targeting plan. He also served as an advisor to Rick Perry for President.
Anthony was born in Miami and attended Florida International University where he earned his Bachelor in Political Science. He later received his Masters in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is married to his wife, Jeri, of 10 years.
State Director - Illinois
Doug O’Brien is a public policy consultant who specializes in energy and health care issues. He served as Chief of Staff to US Representative Mark Kirk (R-IL) and at the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration. His private sector experience includes heading public affairs advocacy for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company and consulting with corporate and non-profit clients on public policy issues and communications.
He also serves as Executive Director of the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition and is a former board director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. His work focuses on developing market-based solutions to policy challenges that will enhance quality of life strengthen communities. Doug and his wife are parents of young twins and the family enjoys sports, camping and movies.