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 Concerning the Stream Protection Rule Final

    WHEREAS, the state of {state} supports reasonable, practicable and sensible efforts to improve stream protection; and WHEREAS, under existing rules, 90 percent of all coal mines have no offsite impacts—and in many states 100 percent of the operations are free of any offsite impacts—according to the Department of …

  • Resolution Concerning the Combined Impacts of Future EPA Regulations for Coal-Fired Power Plants Final

    WHEREAS, the United States is blessed with abundant energy resources; and WHEREAS, it is in our national interests to have a diverse and balanced energy mix that takes full advantage of all of our energy resources; and WHEREAS, a reliable and affordable electricity supply is vital to economic …

  • Resolution to Retain State Authority over Coal Ash as Non-Hazardous Waste Final

    WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to propose federal regulations to govern the disposal of coal combustion byproducts (CCB) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA);  WHEREAS, the EPA is considering changing the current regulatory status of CCBs from a non-hazardous waste under the …

  • Memorial in Support of the Federal Land Freedom Act Final

    WHEREAS, the federal government exerts control over more than 50 percent of the U.S. land mass in the 12 continental states from Colorado westward including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming compared to an average federal control of only four percent in …

  • State Withdrawal from Regional Climate Initiatives Final

    WHEREAS, there has been no credible economic analysis of the costs associated with carbon reduction mandates and the consequential effect of the increasing costs of doing business in the State of ______; WHEREAS, forcing business, industry, and food producers to reduce carbon emissions through government mandates and cap-and-trade policies under …

  • Eminent Domain Authority for Federal Lands Act Final

    Section 1. The following shall be enacted as Section _______ of the eminent domain provisions of the State Code: Other Property which may be taken – State as plaintiff. (1)   Subject to Subsection (2), property which may be taken under this part includes property possessed by the federal government unless …

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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 …

Press Releases

  • ALEC Urges President and Federal Government to Consult with States on Energy Resources and Public Lands image

    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 …

  • ALEC Disapproves of President Obama’s Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline image

    ALEC Disapproves of President Obama’s Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

    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) …

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