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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

  • California’s failed EV mandates; no one wants them

    California’s failed EV mandates; no one wants them

    • February 4, 2019

    California’s electric vehicle mandates aren’t working admits Mary Nichols who heads up the powerful California Air Resources Board (CARB), according to a recent Reuters report. “‘The strategies that we’ve used up until now just haven’t been effective,’ Mary Nichols, the head of the California Air Resources Board.” The stunning confession comes as Colorado’s regulatory agencies

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  • The socialization of Colorado’s auto market

    The socialization of Colorado’s auto market

    • February 4, 2019

    With the swipe of their pens, Governor John Hickenlooper started, and Governor Jared Polis is completing what is essentially the socialization of Colorado’s automobile market. Through two executive orders, the Governors have directed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) to follow California’s emissions standard that includes mandating

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  • How far will California drive Colorado public policy?

    How far will California drive Colorado public policy?

    • February 3, 2019

    “It’s a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.” Truman Capote Colorado is two states and a thousand miles from Sacramento, but based on recent public policy, you’d think Colorado residents were living along the Pacific Coast Highway instead of the Front Range of the

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  • Early Concerns and Approval – 2019 Energy Bills

    Early Concerns and Approval – 2019 Energy Bills

    • January 30, 2019

    After getting steamrolled in state legislative elections, center right voters across the state need to prepare themselves for progressive left legislation that more than likely will drive up energy prices for the sin of being productive and prosperous. Apparently, the best way to ecological paradise is by enriching monopoly utilities like Xcel Energy. While it

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  • A Solution that Protects Liberty and Our Electricity

    A Solution that Protects Liberty and Our Electricity

    • December 21, 2018

    Fifth article in our series about microgrids By: Casey Freeman Contributor: Brit Naas Security concerns surrounding America’s electric grid steadily grow as attacks and the threat of an attack increase. In 2015, Ukraine was victim to a large scale cyberattack on its electric grid, which resulted in 225,000 people without power. The attack has been

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  • Ripe for Change: It’s Time to Consider Microgrids

    Ripe for Change: It’s Time to Consider Microgrids

    • December 14, 2018

    Fourth article in our series about microgrids. What received a D+ rating and is in need of major updates and improvements? No, not the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff! The answer is the U.S. electric grid. The United States electric grid is still an engineering marvel, but much of it was built before the twenty-first century,

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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


Brit Naas, Future Leaders Program/Associate Analyst, Energy and Environmental Policy Center
Email: Brit@i2i.org

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