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 Opposing Securities and Exchange Commission and White House Mandates and Other Forms of Coercion on Climate-Related Financial Matters
Model Resolution WHEREAS, in March 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sought “public input . . . from investors, registrants, and other market participants on climate change disclosure” and explored imposition of new rules for climate change risk disclosure as well as broader disclosure standard related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters that…
Resolution Urging States to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Stations as a Competitive Market Free From Utility Commission Regulation
Model Resolution WHEREAS, in most states electric utilities hold monopoly territories for the direct sale of electricity to electric consumers; and WHEREAS, that monopoly status could prevent alternative suppliers from providing charging services, thus limiting the availability of charging stations; and WHEREAS, plug in electric vehicles need 4 times fewer…
Model Policy A bill to be entitled An act relating to greenhouse gas emissions; providing a definition; prohibiting the adoption and enforcement of certain state and regional programs to regulate greenhouse gas emissions without specific legislative authorization; providing an effective date. Be It Enacted by the Legislature…
Model Resolution WHEREAS, affordable and abundant energy is a strategic resource that is essential to modern life and America’s economic competitiveness; and WHEREAS, the imposition of burdensome, government-mandated carbon dioxide restrictions and disincentives will have a dramatic, immediate impact on energy costs; and WHEREAS, reducing carbon emissions in any individual state, and…
WHEREAS, energy plays an essential role in the daily lives of all American individuals, families, and businesses, WHEREAS, reliable access to this energy is best ensured through a diverse energy mix generated by a variety of fuel and technology sources, WHEREAS, freely functioning energy markets operate as the best determinant…
Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Existing Nuclear Fleet and Deployment of Advanced Nuclear Technologies
Model Resolution WHEREAS, The 93 nuclear reactors in 28 states are an economic, environmental and fiscal powerhouse for the United States of America, employing 100,000 skilled workers and providing clean electricity to nearly 20 percent of the nation’s homes and businesses, which amounts to more than half of all clean…