RESOLUTION SUPPORTING FREEDOM IN ENERGY POLICY

Summary

 The resolution calls for the Green New Deal to be rejected. In its place, the resolution calls for the pursuit of American Clean Energy policy. American Clean Energy Policy should be technology neutral, not pick winners and losers, achieve further emissions reductions, protect intellectual property, position the U.S. to be a global leader on clean energy technologies, reduce and modernize regulations to speed the development of clean energy, and empower states and the market to invest in clean energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING FREEDOM IN ENERGY POLICY

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 American economy by growing the size of government to impose mandates on the energy sector, reduce transportation choices, and raise the costs on energy for households. This is fundamentally un-American and ignores the role of market forces driving increased production and use of natural gas. It also ignores sovereign decisions by states and corporations to chose clean energy. For example, Budweiser now brews all beer in the U.S. with 100 percent renewable power. And Walmart is underway to achieve a goal of avoiding one billion metric tons (a gigaton) of greenhouse gases from their global value chain by 2030.

Whereas, the ability of individuals and businesses to participate in a free market is a foundational component of the American experience

Whereas, to the greatest extent possible these freedoms should extend to electricity and energy market

Whereas, as a result of state, local, corporate, and individual decisions the United States leads the world in gross emissions reductions and the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions have decreased approximately 10 percent since 2005.

Whereas, United States—

(1) energy productivity has grown 14 percent since 2009;

(2) total production of natural gas has increased by 56 percent since 2009; and

(3) installed wind and solar power capacity has quadrupled since 2009

Whereas, energy prices in the United States are historically low, and energy costs make up less than 5 percent of total United States personal consumption expenses;

Whereas, in 2018, United States businesses set records by—

(1) tripling corporate procurement of clean energy;

(2) increasing liquified natural gas exports by 135 percent; and

(3) increasing sales of electric vehicles by 80 percent;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT

  • Proposals like the Green New Deal be squarely and firmly rejected for their encroachment on personal liberty and government largess
  • The pursuit of American Clean Energy be defined in technology neutral terms so that government doesn’t pick winners and losers in the economy and–
    1. achieve further emissions reductions;
    2. affirm a commitment to innovation and protecting the intellectual property of American innovators
    3. position the United States as a global leader in clean energy, driving global investment in American-made clean energy technologies;
    4. reduce and modernize regulations to speed deployment of clean energy technologies nationwide and worldwide;
    5. empower individuals, States, and the marketplace to invest in, procure, and implement clean energy technologies; and take voluntary measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • This definition and approach to American Clean Energy is consistent with the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism