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 SUPPORTING FREEDOM IN ENERGY POLICY Draft

    RESOLUTION SUPPORTING FREEDOM IN ENERGY POLICY This model resolution supports the principles of freedom by consumers and corporations in energy for their own economic benefit and firmly rejects socialist and anti-capitalist approaches described in the Green New Deal. Liberals have introduced a proposal that seeks to reinvent the …

  • Resolution in Support of State Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Corridors Final

    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 Final

    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 …

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

    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 Final

    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, North Dakota, then- candidate Trump delivered a major energy and environmental policy address, …

  • Resolution Supporting the Intellectual Property (IP) Provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Final

    Whereas, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) policy on free trade acknowledges that, “the imposition of artificial barriers to free and open trade…are deterrents to American economic interests;” and Whereas, the United States, Canada and Mexico share a belief in freedom, representative democracy and market principles as recognized in the …

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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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