- The free market should be the principal determinant of which energy technologies reach the marketplace.
- Government programs designed to encourage and advance energy technologies should not reduce energy choices or supply. They should not limit the production of electricity, for example, to only politically preferable technologies.
- North America has extremely large reserves of fossil fuels. Access to these resources should be expanded to provide the U.S. with low-cost and reliable energy. Barriers limiting the use of and access to public lands should be removed.
- Energy security requires a diverse set of fuels to meet the demands of different geographic regions and different energy supplies.
It is difficult – and perhaps even impossible – to overstate the relationship between readily available access to safe, affordable and reliable energy and individual prosperity and economic wellbeing. This is because energy is an input to virtually everything we produce, consume and enjoy in society.
Think for a minute about the computer or tablet you are currently using to visit this website. Energy was needed in vast quantities in order to harvest the silica, petrochemicals, metals and other raw materials that make up your computer. Energy was needed again to turn these raw materials into something useful, such as computer chips, plastics and glass. Even more energy was needed to ship your computer to a retailer or directly to you. Finally, after years of use (which, of course, required plenty of electricity), energy is once again needed to recycle or dispose of your computer.
We, as Americans, take energy for granted. We expect computer manufacturers to continue producing devices without interruption. Similarly, when we routinely flip a switch, we expect the lights to come on without fail. It is perhaps only when the power goes out that we even think about where electricity comes from and the complex process by which it is delivered to us.
Because energy is so ubiquitous to our lives, it is critical that lawmakers implement market-oriented energy policies that allow energy to be produced more efficiently at lower costs with fewer economic disruptions and lower environmental impacts. If a state or federal government imposes overly onerous regulations or adopts policies that drive up energy costs, the effects will soon be felt throughout the entire economy. Food, medicine and other household goods will become more expensive almost immediately, disproportionately affecting those with low and fixed incomes.
WHEREAS, the COVID19 pandemic has shown the importance of a robust food supply; WHEREAS, four major processors handle over 90% of the nation’s meat production; WHEREAS, consumer preference for locally produced food is a popular and growing trend; WHEREAS, current federal law prohibits intrastate sale of meat from a farmer …
WHEREAS, components of the various electric transmission grids across the United States rely on physical transmission architecture including wires and towers that require continuous inspection, maintenance and right-of-way vegetative mitigation; and WHEREAS, the mechanical electric transmission grid is made up of over 150,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 5.5 million miles of …
WHEREAS, on April 14, 2020 a petition was filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking the federal agency to assert jurisdiction over net metering programs currently administered at the state level.1 WHEREAS, net metering is “a metering and billing arrangement designed to compensate distributed energy generation (DG) …
WHEREAS, states know best how to steward their environment and natural resources, and WHEREAS, pipelines are needed to transport carbon dioxide from natural domes and anthropogenic sources to oil fields, and WHEREAS, over five thousand miles of carbon dioxide pipelines have been built in the United States for the purposes …
WHEREAS, the federal government currently offers a tax credit of $7,500 each for certain types of vehicles up to a threshold of 200,000 per automobile manufacturer; and WHEREAS, tax credits for politically favored companies or products distort markets and encourage additional lobbying for government favors; and WHEREAS, tax credits …
A resolution affirming the preeminence of property rights for economic development and private benefit. WHEREAS, personal property rights are a foundational principle in our republic, as affirmed by a continuous history of legal due process and “takings” protections against governmental infringement of said rights; and WHEREAS, these personal property rights …
ALEC Urges President and Federal Government to Consult with States on Energy Resources and Public Lands
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kaitlyn Buss Phone: 202-742-8526 Email: [email protected] ALEC Urges President and Federal Government to Consult with States on Energy Resources and Public Lands …
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kaitlyn Buss Phone: 202-742-8526 Email: [email protected] ALEC Disapproves of President Obama’s Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2011) …