Key Points
  • 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.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • Resolution to Oppose Federal Intervention in Competitive Electricity Markets Draft

    WHEREAS, the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism at the state level are fundamental to maintaining individual freedom and an economically competitive nation; WHEREAS, maintaining access to safe, affordable and reliability energy is critical to individual freedom, prosperity and well-being; WHEREAS, market-oriented energy policies that allow energy to be produced more …

  • Resolution in Support of State Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Corridors Draft

    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 …

  • Resolution Supporting Equal Tax Treatment for All Vehicles Draft

    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 for …

  • RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT COMPETITION AND CONSUMERS CHOICE IN ELECTRICITY MARKETS Draft

    Whereas, many retail electricity consumers in the United States have no choice but to purchase services from a monopoly utility even though monopolies are no longer needed in the retail electricity services market. Whereas, giving retail consumers, including homeowners, businesses, and industry, a choice of electricity services companies would lower …

  • Resolution Supporting Individual Property Rights; Private Land Use for Energy Development Draft

    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 …

  • Resolution Expressing Support for President Donald J. Trump’s Energy and Environmental Policy Accomplishments Draft

    Resolution Expressing Support for President Donald J. Trump’s Energy and Environmental Policy Accomplishments WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States of America on November 8, 2016 and inaugurated on January 20, 2017; and WHEREAS, at the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, …

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Task Forces

Energy, Environment and Agriculture

The Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force operates under the principles of free-market environmentalism, that is to promote the mutually …

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