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ALEC Report on Energy, the Environment, and Economics

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Learn more about corporations VOTING to rewrite our laws.

The ALEC Report on Energy, the Environment, and Economics is a report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) presenting a corporate view on the climate crisis, energy, and greenhouse gases. Download the report here

ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) They fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at ALECexposed.org.

Contents

Authors of the Report

The report was written by several authors, listed below with the sections each wrote.

ALEC Authors:

  • Daniel Simmons: "Kyoto Spawn: The Progeny of the Kyoto Protocol," "Climate Change Overview for State Legislators"
  • Amy Kjose: "Issue in Brief: Renewable Portfolio Standards"
  • Jessica Lawless: "Issue in Brief: Energy Independence"
  • Jonathan A. Shore: "Celebrate Earth Day Every Day," "The High Cost of a Limited Domestic Energy Supply"

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Model Bills

To move their agenda forward, ALEC proposes the following model bills, to be introduced into state legislatures across the U.S.:

  • A General Resolution on Climate Change
  • State Data Access Act
  • State Data Quality Act
  • State Sovereignty for Air Quality and Visibility Act
  • Resolution in Opposition of Carbon Dioxide Emission Standards
  • Offshore Energy Resources Act
  • Performance Based Permitting Act
  • Power Plant Siting Act
  • Conditioning Regulation of Non-Pollutant Emissions on Science Act
  • Verifiable Science Act
  • Expert Evidence Act

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