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

  • Hydrogen Tax Incentives Act Draft

    Policy Definitions (a) “Renewable Hydrogen”, as defined as hydrogen that is produced from electricity from a renewable energy source to create hydrogen gas from water, regardless of whether the renewable energy source is at a separate facility or the same facility as the system of apparatus …

  • Resolution Urging States to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Stations as a Competitive Market Free From Utility Commission Regulation Draft

    Model Resolution WHEREAS, in most states electric utilities hold monopoly territories for the direct sale of electricity to electric consumers; and WHEREAS, that monopoly status could prevent alternative suppliers from providing charging services, thus limiting the availability of charging stations; and WHEREAS, plug in electric vehicles need 4 times fewer …

  • Safeguarding Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Authority Act Draft

    Model Policy A bill to be entitled An act relating to greenhouse gas emissions; providing a definition; prohibiting the adoption and enforcement of certain state and regional programs to regulate greenhouse gas emissions without specific legislative authorization; providing an effective date. Be It Enacted by the Legislature …

  • Resolution Supporting Reliable and Affordable Energy Draft

    Model Resolution WHEREAS, affordable and abundant energy is a strategic resource that is essential to modern life and America’s economic competitiveness; and WHEREAS, the imposition of burdensome, government-mandated carbon dioxide restrictions and disincentives will have a dramatic, immediate impact on energy costs; and WHEREAS, reducing carbon emissions in any individual state, and …

  • Resolution to Protect Access for All Electric Generation Technologies Draft

    Model Resolution WHEREAS, electric energy plays an essential role in the daily lives of all American individuals, families, and businesses, WHEREAS, reliable access to this energy is best ensured through a diverse energy mix generated by a variety of fuel and technology sources, WHEREAS, government at all levels has repeatedly …

  • Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Existing Nuclear Fleet and Deployment of Advanced Nuclear Technologies Draft

    Model Resolution WHEREAS, The 93 nuclear reactors in 28 states are an economic, environmental and fiscal powerhouse for the United States of America, employing 100,000 skilled workers and providing clean electricity to nearly 20 percent of the nation’s homes and businesses, which amounts to more than half of all clean …

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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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