ALEC Report on Energy, the Environment, and Economics
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 a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
Authors of the Report
The report was written by several authors, listed below with the sections each wrote.
- 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"
- Iain Murray, Competitive Enterprise Institute: "Global Warming FAQ"
- Patrick J. Michaels, University of Virginia: "Do the Climate Models Project a Useful Picture of Regional Climate?"
- Sandy Szwarc, Tech Central Station: "Fishy Advice: Risk-Free at What Cost?"
- Robert Bradley, Ph.D., Institute for Energy Research: "America’s Energy Outlook," "Motor Fuels and Natural Disasters: Don’t Regulate"
- Thomas Tanton, Institute for Energy Research: "Motor Fuels and Natural Disasters: Don’t Regulate"
- Margo Thorning, Ph.D., American Council for Capitalist Formation: "Climate Change Policy: A Cost-Effective Strategy for the U.S. and for Oregon"
- Brian Mannix, Mercatus Center: "Climate Change Policy Could Create the Mother of All Cartels," "A Mountain of Money"
- Harvy Fineberg, MD, Ph.D., MPH, Harvard University: "How Good is the Science?"
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
Articles and Resources
- American Legislative Exchange Council
- ALEC, "Energy, the Environment, and Economics: A Guide for State Legislators," 5th Edition, June 2007.