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Energy and Environmental Policy (E2P) at the Independence Institute

By all measures, life is better. Because of our ability to safely, responsibly and efficiently develop natural resources, our standard of living is up, life expectancy is up, and our environment is cleaner. Individuals prosper while also enjoying a healthy planet. If we create an atmosphere where human potential flourishes and we dare to imagine, then everyone can reap the benefits of affordable, reliable, abundant, and safe power and revel in the beauty of a thriving environment.

Our Vision

Access to affordable, reliable, abundant, safe energy and a clean environment are not mutually exclusive. At E2P we envision a Colorado where every person is in control of his or her own energy and environmental destiny. Private property owners are in the best position to protect their land and environment, and the choice of energy resources and how they are utilized should come from the demands of an innovative and free market.

What is the role of government? To remain neutral, let markets work, let individuals innovate, limit regulations, and refrain from picking winners and losers.

Our Principles

  • People first
  • Celebrate prosperity
  • Innovation over regulation
  • Commonsense conservation
  • Primacy of private property rights
  • Results over rhetoric
  • Reject cynicism

 

Free Market Energy and Environmental Policy

  • Embraces our entrepreneurial spirit and optimism that we can have affordable power, responsible domestic energy development, and a clean environment.
  • Puts individuals in the driver’s seat and allows them to control their own energy future.
  • Lets the choice of energy resources come from the demands of the free market, and not from the preferences of policymakers, lobbyists, or special interest groups.
  • Champions private property rights.
  • Challenges the 80-year-old, monopoly utility model of electricity generation and distribution.
  • Puts states ahead of Washington, D.C.
  • Encourages limited and consistent regulations.
  • Rejects taxpayer funded subsidies.
  • Doesn’t pick winners and losers.
  • Welcomes transparency.

 

Latest Posts

  • Housing Data Vindicates Extraction Companies

    Housing Data Vindicates Extraction Companies

    • August 16, 2019

    By: Tegan Truitt In Colorado, the number of natural gas wells tripled from about 17,000 in 2004 to around 40,000 by the end of 2017. Crude oil production also spiked in the same time frame, increasing from a meager 114,000 barrels in 2004 to 325,000 barrels in 2018. This expansion has prompted growing residential concern,

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  • Unjust Transition: The Flawed Moral Reasoning of House Bill 1314

    Unjust Transition: The Flawed Moral Reasoning of House Bill 1314

    • July 8, 2019

    By: Tegan Truitt Last legislative session, the Democrats introduced a series of sweeping environmental bills we are labelling collectively the Colorado Green New Deal (GND). Just like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s infamous proposal, the legislation is haphazard, piecemeal, and riddled with flaws that are as sweeping as its reforms. The Colorado GND includes plans for a carbon

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  • The Forgotten Stakeholders: “Green” Transportation Will Be Funded by Underpaid Workers

    The Forgotten Stakeholders: “Green” Transportation Will Be Funded by Underpaid Workers

    • June 21, 2019

    By Tegan Truitt The indirect, and in some cases the direct consequences of the Colorado Green New Deal will not be pretty. Among the bills comprising this stream of environmental legislation is Senate Bill 239, which Governor Jared Polis signed into law on May 31, 2018. 239 aims to reduce carbon emissions by disincentivizing taxis and

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  • Are More Government Regulations Really Necessary?

    Are More Government Regulations Really Necessary?

    • May 29, 2019

    After reading House Bill 1231, one cannot help but wonder, do the members of our state Legislature really have enough time to micromanage businesses and individuals? The stated intent of 1231 is to “protect consumers and businesses against manufacturers who would otherwise sell, in Colorado, less efficient appliances that they cannot sell in states that

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  • PUC Sunset Review: ‘The Turducken Act of 2019 (With a Slice of PUC-in Pie)’

    PUC Sunset Review: ‘The Turducken Act of 2019 (With a Slice of PUC-in Pie)’

    • May 4, 2019

    On the last day of the 2019 legislative session State Representative Hugh McKean (R-Loveland) moved the most appropriate amendment of the session to rename SB19-236 the PUC Sunset Review bill to the “TURDUCKEN ACT of 2019 (With a Slice of PUC-in Pie). A Turducken is a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed inside a turkey.

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  • Democrats Demand More Electric Vehicles

    Democrats Demand More Electric Vehicles

    • April 24, 2019

    Second Article in our series on the Colorado Green New Deal Colorado’s Democrat party-controlled government has decided to manufacture, or at least play a part in generating the demand for zero emission vehicles, known also as electric vehicles (EV). Increasing the number of EVs on the road is a vital component of the Colorado Green

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Contact

Amy_Oliver_Cooke_TNAmy Oliver Cooke, Executive VP and Director, Energy Policy Center
Email: Amy@i2i.org
Phone: 303-279-6536, ext 107


Michael_Sandoval_TNMichael Sandoval, Associate Policy Analyst
Email: Michael@i2i.org

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