Analyzing Energy Prices Across the States: Joe Trotter on OANN
"It's the states and the politicians picking winners and losers. Frankly, the losers are the constituents who wind up having to pay out the nose for electricity."
Joe Trotter, ALEC Environment, Energy, and Agriculture Task Force Director, appeared on One America News Network to detail the latest ALEC Energy Affordability Report. Trotter highlighted the factors impacting electricity, gasoline, and diesel prices across the states.
We’re looking specifically at three different policies that wind up impacting electricity costs. You’ve got renewable portfolio standards, which is basically the government mandating that you have to use certain technologies. It’s the states and the politicians picking winners and losers. Frankly, the losers are the constituents who wind up having to pay out the nose for electricity.
Trotter also highlighted the actions being taken by states who have maintained low energy prices and what other can learn from them.
These states believe in free markets and are net energy producers, unlike New York, which has a huge amount of natural gas and shale that it absolutely just refuses to tap. These states allow producers to go out and drive down the cost of energy for the people who live there. They also let the free market decide what type of generation is going to happen. They don’t go ahead and say, we’re going to have 50% solar, even if solar ultimately doesn’t make sense in those areas.