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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

  • Democrats Demand More Electric Vehicles

    Democrats Demand More Electric Vehicles

    • April 24, 2019

    Second blog 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

  • Majority Rules

    Majority Rules

    • April 9, 2019

    The introduction to our mini-series on the Colorado Green New Deal In America’s two-party system, when both legislative chambers and the executive branch are controlled by one party, the minority’s opinions are, or in the very least seem like nothing more than an inconvenience to the majority. Need proof? Just ask Colorado’s Republican residents and

  • Amidst Growing Budget Concerns, State Democrats Hope to Extend EV Tax Credits

    Amidst Growing Budget Concerns, State Democrats Hope to Extend EV Tax Credits

    • March 19, 2019

    If you haven’t watched Reason TV’s Remy,  just play one of his music videos. Besides being both clever and hilariously entertaining, each video drops what 30 Rock called a truth bomb: “A fact or piece of knowledge that, when told to a listener, is devastating to the listener’s argument or world view.” A favorite Remy

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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



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