Energy, Environment and Agriculture

Task Force Description

The Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force operates under the principles of free-market environmentalism, that is to promote the mutually beneficial link between a robust economy and a healthy environment, to unleash the creative powers of the free market for environmental stewardship, and to enhance the quality and use of our natural and agricultural resources for the benefit of human health and well-being.

The Task Force works to develop model policy in a wide variety of issue areas, including energy, public lands, chemical regulation, agricultural technology, regulatory reform, air and water quality, federal-state relations, environmental health, waste management, rural development, and property rights.

The Task Force launched the EPA Regulatory Train Wreck Initiative to ensure states remain the first among equals with the federal government on environmental regulation. In addition, ALEC’s efforts are intended to maintain the important balance of rational environmental protection with economic progress. The initiative focuses on pending and proposed EPA regulations and the cooperative federalism intent of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.

Meeting Information

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All Model Policies

  • Resolution Supporting States Establish Transparency with the Cost of Legislation Affecting Regulated Utilities Be Shown as Line Items on Consumer Bills Draft

    WHEREAS, hidden costs of taxes, fees, and government imposed regulations are anathema to the very core of our system of government, to our beliefs of how a free people are to be treated, and to the intent of our various state constitutions; and WHEREAS, the system of state public utility …

  • Resolution Concerning the EPA’s New Source Review Regulation Draft

    WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Review rule requires power plants and industrial facilities to obtain a permit prior for the construction of a new facility or “major modification” to an existing facility, and WHEREAS, according to EPA regulations a “major modification” is (1) a non-routine physical or …

  • Resolution in Support of the Reconsideration of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards Draft

    WHEREAS, Congress first established Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards through the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975; and WHEREAS, the CAFE standards were implemented largely in response to the 1973 oil embargo in an effort to reduce foreign imports of petroleum; and WHEREAS, the CAFE standards are now …

  • Gas Tax Transparency Act Final

    Summary: Model policy requiring retail station owners to make fuel tax information readily and visibly available to consumers. Policy: (1) The legislature finds that tax transparency is critical to understanding a citizen’s total tax burden and making sound decisions about energy and transportation policy. Providing tax information in a …

  • Resolution Supporting States Ability to Permit and Regulate Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands within Their Borders Final

    Resolution Supporting States Ability to Permit and Regulate Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands within Their Borders Summary: Encourages the federal government to enact policy that gives states greater authority to permit and regulate oil and gas drilling on certain federal land with a state’s borders.

  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Act Final

    Critical Infrastructure Protection Act Summary Drawing inspiration from two laws enacted in 2017 by the State of Oklahoma,1 this Act codifies criminal penalties for a person convicted of willfully trespassing or entering property containing a critical infrastructure facility without permission by the owner of the property, and holds …

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