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 Final

    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 in Opposition to a Carbon Tax Final

    WHEREAS, affordable and abundant electricity is a strategic resource that is essential to modern life, America’s economic competitiveness. WHEREAS, the application of a carbon tax to gasoline and other transportation fuels will have a dramatic, immediate impact on transportation costs; and WHEREAS, a carbon tax, by design, will result in substantial, immediate …

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

    WHEREAS, the Clean Air Act (CAA) new source review (NSR) and prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) programs and related U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules require facilities to undergo review and obtain a permit prior to the construction of a new facility or “major modification” of an existing facility; and …

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

    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 a relic of …

  • 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.

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