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.

All 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 …

  • An Act Granting the Authority of Rural Counties to Transition to Decentralized Land Use Regulation Final

    (A) Findings and Purpose. The Legislature finds that the planning and zoning authority granted to rural counties may encourage land use regulation which is overly centralized, intrusive and politicized. The Legislature further finds that rural counties, local elected officials and their citizens may reasonably prefer transitioning to a system of decentralized …

  • Environmental Priorities Act Final

    Intent The legislature finds that there are a variety of current and potential environmental restoration projects, regulations and programs that would benefit the health of the environment, reduce pollution and improve the lifestyle and well-being of state residents. Support for these projects or regulations will help leave …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

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