The textile and clothing industries in North Carolina and other states, particularly in the South, have been devastated by cheap imports from countries like China.
Inglis believes free-market economics should be applied to cutting carbon emissions.
"I voted against cap-and-trade legislation. It is hopelessly complicated," Inglis said.
"You need to be accountable for all of your costs," Inglis said, referring to future costs, including environmental damage.
"We need to put an 'upstream tax' at the mines and at the pipelines to pay for the social costs of [producing and transporting] fuel. We can increase costs of production and cut some taxes."
Inglis opposed drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and also voted against troop surges in the Iraq war.
But he said he remains a conservative.
He points to his recent voting records in Congress that won him ratings of 93 percent from the American Conservative Union, 100 percent from both the Christian Coalition and National Right to Life, and an "A" from the National Rifle Association. Americans for Democratic Action, a liberal group, gave Inglis a "zero percent" voting record.
Inglis said he opposes proposals from labor unions and other groups to impose special taxes on foreign-made products because other countries pay lower wages and enforce weaker environmental standards.
But Inglis believes taxes should be imposed on some imports.
"It is hard to determine how much carbon is used to make Chinese flat steel. But we can base it [our estimates] of American equivalents. We will impose a tax on flat steel when it comes in here.
"You will kill productive capacity in the United States if you do nothing. GE, which uses a lot of energy, would move from my state to China," Inglis said.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.